In cooperation with The Society of Arts and Crafts, Sanam Emami will join us for a visual presentation of her work on Tuesday, November 13th from 5pm – 6:30 pm. Emami will be in Boston in conjunction with the exhibition, Our Cups Runneth Over, at the Society of Arts and Crafts for which she has conceived a site-specific installation that further explores her interest in the patterns of Iranian and Islamic art and architecture.
“The primary sources of inspiration in my pots and tiles are patterns in Iranian and Islamic art and architecture. These patterns are based on elaborate geometric interpretations of nature that, when broken down and taken apart, are often comprised of simple shapes such as the square, the circle and the triangle. Floral imagery and architectural drawings appear alongside Islamic patterns, complicating assumed distinctions between representation and abstraction. This imbues the work with an imagined sense of time and place. The layers of colors and imagery are drawn from different cultures and time periods. The attempt to harmonize seemingly disparate elements results in pots that feel both familiar and eccentric.”
- Sanam Emami
Information on the Exhibition:
Our Cups Runneth Over is a biannual exhibition and sale of contemporary ceramic cups featuring the work of 32 artists from around the country. The exhibition attracts the attention of regional and national collectors and has become an important educational destination for students to learn about the various formal, conceptual and technical approaches that ceramics allows.
Our Cups Runneth Over
November 16, 2012- January 19, 2013
Reception: Friday November 16, 6pm - 8pm (free and open to the public)
The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Sanam Emami received a B.A. in History from James Madison University in Virginia, and an M.F.A. in Ceramics from NYSCC at Alfred University in New York. From 2004-2007, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at the School of Art & Design at Alfred University. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Pottery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. From 1998-2000, she was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana.
Artist lectures include Islamic Ceramic Traditions Symposium, at the Office for the Arts at Harvard in Massachusetts, the Kansas City Art Institute, Bennington College, ASU Art Museum-Ceramic Research Center, and NCECA in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2003, she received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Craft. Group exhibitions include: Inspired Utility: Exceptional Ceramic Vessels at the Main Line Art Center, Flower Power at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the American Pottery Festival at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Other group shows include exhibitions at Sante Fe Clay Studio, Lacoste Gallery, Ferrin Gallery and exhibitions in Sweden and China. Solo exhibitions include Red Star Studios in Kansas City and Greenwich House Pottery in New York City.
For more information visit the Ceramics Program web siteor email
Office for the Arts at Harvard
219 Western Ave. Allston MA