Traveling and art are two of my favorite pastimes, and I love it when the two overlap — especially when it involves ceramics.

So I immediately fell in love with the Everson Museum of Art, which I discovered with the help of my friend Marcus during a layover in Syracuse, New York, last week.

Photo via chaotic float.
Photo via chaotic float.

The Everson museum itself is considered a work of art and has an incredible freestanding spiral staircase in the main entrance. The building was designed by I. M. Pei, the same guy who designed the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris. Even though it feels a little sterile and cold, the structure is impressive and definitely worth a look. It’s also filled with world-class art, with a focus on American artists.

But what really blew my mind was the ceramics in the basement. Click on the images for a sampling of my very favorites.

They have over 4,000 ceramics pieces in their permanent collection — though not all currently on display — spanning virtually all continents and time periods. My favorites were the contemporary pieces from the past century: Adelaide Alsop Robineau’s delicate pierced vases that look like layers of ceramics lace; Robert Arneson’s haunting self-portraits; and Steven Montgomery’s minimalist forms succumbing to entropic forces, just to name a few.

There were also classical Greek red-figure vases, and ancient Chinese horse figurines from the Tang dynasty. The sheer variety means there is something for everyone. I cannot wait to go back next time I’m in town.

If you go: The Everson Museum is located in downtown Syracuse, at 401 Harrison Street. It’s open noon to 5 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with extended hours on Saturdays (10 am to 5 pm) and Thursdays (noon to 8 pm). The museum is technically and awesomely free, but a five dollar donation is encouraged.

— Laura Rowley


Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.

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