ECU’s Joyner Library hosts “Three Cups of Tea” exhibition with ECU Ceramics guild in honor of Greg Mortenson.

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University presents the work of the ECU Ceramics guild, “Three Cups of Tea”, an exhibition of teaware, to mark the visit of Greg Mortenson to campus on March 1, 2010.

After reading Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson during summer and fall of 2009 as a part of the “Pirate Read” program at ECU, the members of the ECU Ceramics guild in the School of Art Design decided to make a contribution to the Central Asia Institute (CAI).  Members provided their time, material, and talent to make tea cups, which were sold during a fundraising event in September 2009.  More than $2,000.00 was donated to CAI.

This spring, members of School of Art and Design have created a teaware exhibition to honor Mr. Greg Mortenson’s efforts and the mission of Central Asia Institute, which Joyner Library will showcase through the month of March.  The original exhibition poster was designed by Lisa Beth Robinson and Craig Malmrose, and a limited production was hand-pressed. All exhibition pieces were handcrafted and some are available for purchase.  A price list is available upon request.  Please contact Seo Eo at or (252) 227-0321.

“The library is more than a place which houses books,” says Larry Boyer, Dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.  “Joyner Library appreciates the opportunity to showcase the talents and hard work of East Carolina’s students and faculty while giving the community another opportunity to experience art, culture, history, and connection.”

The School of Art and Design, under the leadership of the director, Michael Drought, hosts a series of visual arts exhibitions, visiting artist lectures, and community arts events such as the Annual Youth Arts Festival.

The exhibition, “Three Cups of Tea,” will run from March 1 through 31, 2010 and can be visited on the second floor of the library during operating hours.  The ECU Ceramics Guild will host an opening reception at 5:00 pm, Monday, March 1.

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