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OPA General Meeting + Presentation: Thoughts on Contemporary Japanese Clay An illustrated lecture by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.

  • Fri, November 10, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center

This is a free event no registration required. 

Where: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 Southwest Capitol Highway, Portland, OR. Auditorium (map) @ 6:30pm. Room 7

6:30pm: potluck? + meeting; Multnomah Art Center - Room 7, doors open @ 6:00pm!

General Meeting Info

Highlighting all open positions, review of Clay in Ed/Artist in Residence program/policies, workshop funding, Japan/Peace Poles, report from Strategic Committee, marketing opportunities & deadlines, welcoming new members, setting date for January meeting.

Special Presentation

Thoughts on Contemporary Japanese Clay

An illustrated lecture by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, Portland Art Museum 

Japanese clay art is undergoing an unprecedented surge in creativity today. While domestic demand for tea objects and tableware is declining, a cause for concern in many traditional centers for ceramic production, and regional museums no longer have robust budgets to support acquisitions of local artists, a thriving international market of private collectors and museums, as well as a growing number of galleries in Japan itself, foster tremendous creativity. For the moment, the old “vessel versus sculpture” dichotomy  seems to be less divisive than in the past, as both types of objects are winning favor. Maribeth Graybill will discuss some current trends in Japanese clay art, drawing on examples in the Portland Art Museum collection. Dr. Graybill will accompany her talk with images from the Museum collection.

Before coming to Portland in 2007, Dr. Graybill served as Senior Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and also taught Japanese and Asian Art at UC Berkeley and Swarthmore College.

Please join us for this exciting talk on November 10th, at the MAC, Room 7.  The meeting starts at 6:30.  The presentation begins at 7:30



Kôyama Ken'ichi (Japanese, 1961–1992), Tenmoku Tea Bowl, ca. 1990, stoneware with “oil spot” glaze, 3 3/16 in x 4 7/8 in, Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Asian art auction proceeds, 2015.186.1


 Akiyama Yô (Japanese, born 1953), Untitled T-099, 1999,  stoneware treated with vinegar and iron filings, 13 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in x 15 3/4 in, Gift of Mary and Cheney Cowles, 2011.130.1

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