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Garden to Studio: Private Tours + Ceramic Workshop

September 23 2023 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Penn Museum + GFS: 3 Sessions
Price: $150
Garden to Studio: Private Tours + Ceramic Workshop 1
Courtesy of the Penn Museum; Philip Grausman, 'Leucantha,' 1993, aluminum, 108 in x 118 in x 118 in, Grounds For Sculpture, Gift of The Seward Johnson Atelier © Artist or Artist's Estate, photo: David Michael Howarth Photography; Yana Hurskaya

3 Sessions: Saturdays, September 23 + 30; October 7

In partnership with the Penn Museum

Explore art, archaeology, and nature in this multi-day experience inspired by the Penn Museum’s new exhibition Ancient Food & Flavor. Created in partnership with the Penn Museum.


September 23: Curator Katherine Moore, Ph.D., takes you on a private exhibition tour of Ancient Food & Flavor. Step back into the past through ancient food and plant remains—tiny treasure troves of data revealing diets and traditions of communities who lived thousands of years ago.


September 30: Meet us at the captivating Grounds for Sculpture to explore the beautiful intersection of horticulture and art. Director of Horticulture Janis Napoli will lead a guided garden tour where we will discuss the cultivation of ancient grains such as lentils, poppy, and maize. Learn about the historical significance of these crops and their role in shaping cultures of the past. We’ll head to the Ceramics Studio at Grounds for Sculpture where you’ll create your own ceramic vessel. Whether it’s a planter for your favorite plant or a food storage container inspired by ancient designs, you’ll use hand-building techniques to create a unique piece of art. Your creations will be fired and ready for you to pick up at a later date, a tangible reminder of the creativity and ingenuity of ancient civilizations.

October 7: We will continue to work on your ceramic vessel.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to immerse yourself in the worlds of food, history, horticulture, and art. Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the richness of human history and creativity.

Transportation not included. Space is limited.


Garden to Studio: Private Tours + Ceramic Workshop

About the Penn Museum
The Penn Museum’s mission is to be a center for inquiry and the ongoing exploration of humanity for our University of Pennsylvania, regional, national, and global communities, following ethical standards and practices. Through conducting research, stewarding collections, creating learning opportunities, sharing stories, and creating experiences that expand access to archaeology and anthropology, the Museum builds empathy and connections across diverse cultures.

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