Ritual Unmoored: Works by Six Jewish Ceramists

February 17, 2017

 


Media Release
contact:  media@ojmche.org
Ritual Unmoored: Works by Six Jewish Ceramists 
March 22-September 15, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 5-7pm
Hours: 10am-6pm, Daily
PSU Broadway Gallery, Lincoln Hall, Ground Floor; 1620 SW Park Avenue 
Celebration of Ceramics Past and Present in Exhibition of Six Oregon Ceramic Artists
in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference

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.

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education has recently moved into new facilities at 724 NW Davis Street and administrative offices are open. The Grand Opening of the museum is scheduled for June 2017. During the ensuing months while the museum is closed, OJMCHE is participating in collaborative public programming across the city. Founded in 1990, the mission of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is to interpret the Oregon Jewish experience, explore the lessons of the Holocaust and foster intercultural conversations. www.ojmche.org

Portland State University’s College of the Arts Broadway Gallery is located on the ground floor of Lincoln Hall in downtown Portland. Built in 1911, the historic building at 1620 SW Park Avenue was renovated in 2011 and is now LEED Platinum certified. Lincoln Hall houses the Office of the Dean of the College of the Arts, the School of Music, and the School of Theater and Film, as well as workshops, rehearsal studios, classrooms, and four performance venues hosting music, dance, opera, and theater productions 200 nights of the year. More than 75,000 people attend events annually in Lincoln Hall.