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Lucie Rie, small pink bowl

Lucie Rie, small pink bowl (c. 1950), ceramic [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Feb 28-Aug 23] Gift of Carol and Seymour Haber/ Photo: Dan Kvitka

Portland Collects: British Ceramics

Museum of Contemporary Craft
Portland OR – Feb 28-Aug 23, 2014

Salvador Dalí, Nobility of Time

Lucie Rie, Tall Bottle and Small Brown Bowl (c. 1950), ceramic [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Feb 28-Aug 23] Gift of Carol and Seymour Haber/ Photo: Dan Kvitka


Salvador Dalí, Vision of the Angel

Shoji Hamada, Water vessel (date unknown), ceramic [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Feb 28-Aug 23] Gift of Carol and Seymour Haber/ Photo: Dan Kvitka


This exhibition brings together classic works of mid-century British studio ceramics – works that reflect the importance at the time of contemporary studio ceramics in a growing world of manufactured objects. Including work by Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Michael Cardew, Bernard Leach and others, this is the first ceramics exhibit in Portland since 1951. In that last show, works by master potter Bernard Leach, along with selections of St. Ives domestic ware by Leach Pottery, were exhibited at the Oregon Ceramic Studio (the original name for the Museum of Contemporary Craft when it was founded in 1937).

The exhibit includes about 50 works drawn primarily from local collections, with many pieces that have never been publicly displayed before. The show’s perspective emphasizes the unique relationship between object and maker and object and owner, touching on the history and social life of individual pottery that has been lived with, enjoyed and cherished by its owners.

Although ceramic pieces are essentially utilitarian objects, this exhibit offers an examination of the natural and necessary refinement of the pottery-making process and how that process yields a sensitive aesthetic unique to the hand of each ceramicist. This immaculate subtlety is revealed in the careful and clean designs of Lucie Rie contrasted with the rich earthy ware produced by Bernard Leach. This insightful exhibit presents a refreshing story about the revival of studio pottery as a friendly and warm alternative to mass-produced pieces.

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Allyn Cantor



 Sat, Jun 7, 2014