Ritual Unmoored: Works by Six Jewish Ceramists

PSU Broadway Gallery, Lincoln Hall, Ground Floor; 1620 SW Park Avenue
March 22-September 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 5-7pm
Free and Open to the Public | Current Exhibit

Ritual Unmoored features six noted Oregon Jewish artists who fashion vessels, abstract or figurative sculptures, and wall pieces, to reimagine the ritual object, and other traditional forms. Sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Portland State University’s College of the Arts and organized by Willa Schneberg, the exhibition includes work by Patricia Berman, Linda Bourne, Betty Feves, Kenneth Pincus, Willa Schneberg, and Maria Simon.

The ceramic artists featured are working in stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, and colored clay. Their work exemplifies the balance between utility and beauty, which lies at the heart of human creativity – how to adapt to the needs of everyday life while reaching for the sublime. Some pieces are oxidized and low-fired, others are wood-fired to high temperatures. Works are thrown, hand-built, carved, constructed, pigmented with terra sigillata, underglazed, glazed with ash, overglazed, lustered, and painted.

Some pieces are secular in nature, while others are informed by the celebration of the natural world and the feminine divine. Some adhere to Jewish tradition as re-envisioned forms unmoored from ritual tradition. All find final form, perfected over time, through each artist’s particular ritual: wedging, throwing, hand-building and carving, performed with practice and discipline in his or her studio space.

Ritual Unmoored: Works by Six Jewish Ceramists is presented by Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at Portland State University’s College of the Arts Broadway Gallery, in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts conference in Portland, March 22-25, 2017.

 

Maria Simon, Breathe Deep (detail) 2013  24x 49 x 3 Carved in terra cotta with terra sigillata



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