CLOSES: Hand and Wheel

October 18, 2015 all-day
Takiguchi Kazuo (Japanese, born 1953), Mudai (Untitled)
Takiguchi Kazuo (Japanese, born 1953), Mudai (Untitled), 1995, Stoneware with crackled glaze, Gift of Cheney and Mary Cowles.

Contemporary Japanese Clay

November 1, 2014 – October 18, 2015

Among the great ceramic traditions of the world, the Japanese alone sustain a thriving studio potter industry. More than 10,000 Japanese potters make a living crafting tea bowls, saké bottles, flower vases, and tableware. Whether crafted of unglazed stoneware or refined porcelain, these intimately scaled art works are a cherished part of daily life in Japan.

Contemporary Japanese Clay celebrates artistic innovation and superb craftsmanship in Japanese ceramics from the 1950s to the present, revealing the growth of the Museum’s holdings in this fascinating art form.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.