The Guild Council

The Guild Council Program at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art supports the dynamic relationship between regional artist-based organizations, the Museum and the College. It is dedicated to supporting the Museum’s mission through participation in selected community events, rotating displays of artwork in the Community Showcase and educational initiatives, as well as bringing together and strengthening the local craft community.

The focus of the Guild Council Program is on education, outreach, advocacy, collaboration and skill. By connecting makers in all arenas, the Guild Council Program provides a unique opportunity to shape future generations through knowledge of craft and craft-based practices.

Community Showcase

The Community Showcase, located in The Lab on the Museum’s second floor, exhibits outstanding community artwork as well as featured partnership projects. A different guild or artist collective from the Guild Council Program is featured in the Community Showcase every 4 to 6 weeks. Each display demonstrates an investigation into a specific media or way of working, linked to but different from the main exhibitions on view. Visit the Community Showcase to experience the diversity of artistic practices currently taking place in Portland.

On View

Community Connections | The Unpredictable Nature of Fire: Wood-Fired Pottery
A Collection of Work by Dan Kunnecke, Steven Mickey, and Careen Stoll
March 18 – May 3, 2014

This exhibition takes a deeper look into two very different wood-fired kilns in our vicinity: the first, Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama kiln; and the second, Careen Stoll’s Tin Man kiln. A look at the unique qualities of a wood-fired pot: the glaze effects of wood ash and the unpredictability of the finished product. A look at how community plays a crucial role in the firing of these two kilns, and how community develops around the fire.

Concurrent with the work on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft is an additional satellite exhibition of wood-fired ceramics at Biwa, a southeast Portland restaurant. See additional pieces by Dan Kunnecke, Steven Mickey, and Careen Stoll during open hours, seven nights each week, 5pm to midnight. biwarestaurant.com

Dan Kunnecke is a potter based in Portland, Oregon. Kunnecke’s introduction to the craft of pottery came from visiting the famous Japanese pottery village of Mashiko when he was sixteen years old. Growing up in Tokyo, Mashiko was a not-too-distant tourist attraction, but it was enough to get him hooked and beginning to make pots of his own. Nearly twenty years later, Kunnecke has found himself part of another wood-fired community here in the Pacific Northwest.

Stephen Mickey studied pots at the University of Minnesota with Warren MacKenzie. He received an MA from University of Wisconsin Superior under mentor Jim Grittner, and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame with Bill Kremer. Mickey has taught at Earlham College and served as chair of the ceramics program at the Evanston Art Center. For twenty years, he has been full-time at Mt. Hood Community College and now makes pots full-time in his southwest Washington studio.

Careen Stoll spent much of her childhood aboard a sailboat, and it is no surprise that she went on to work in clay, drawn in by the sensual and immediate qualities of working with natural elements. Her first wood-fired kiln was a caternary that came with a decrepit farmhouse in Minnesota. Nearby, Stoll found her first mentor, Linda Christianson, with whom she took her first steps into the life of a studio potter. Stoll completed her degree from Utah State, and now is a full-time potter.

Artist Demonstrations

As part of the Guild Council Program and in conjunction with their Community Showcase display of artwork, local guild artists demonstrate their media-specific techniques and skills, in a casual environment where Museum visitors can ask questions and connect with local crafters.

Visit the calendar for more information about upcoming Community Showcases and Guild Artist Demonstrations.