Monday, May 30, 2011

Allow us to introduce First Wednesdays - a new series of special events for Museum of Contemporary Craft members and patrons of The Gallery. These events allow us to host our monthly featured artists with an intimate reception while providing our Museum audience and collectors with the opportunity for a first look at new work. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be offered, so be sure to stop in and say hello.

Craft Department

Victoria Christen, Kowkie Durst,
Dara Hartman and Brian R. Jones

June 2 - July 2, 2011

June 1, 6 - 8 pm

Please RSVP in reply to this email.

The Department of Craft is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary craft movement through sales, education, and community outreach. They promote quality crafts in the Pacific Northwest by not only focusing on craft artists working locally but also by bringing in artists from around the country. Two annual sales bookend a fundraising effort to support a Portland based non-profit and/or education institution that is focused on craft. By working together as a group of artists they seek to enrich the community, support future craft artists and develop a higher standard of craft.

Around the Center

Dale Larson
William Moore
Greg Wilbur

June 2 - July 2, 2011

June 1, 6 - 8 pm

Dale Larson, William Moore, and Greg Wilbur have been associated with The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft for a combined 80 years. Their vast experience with wood and metal can be seen in their exquisite forms. Each of these craftsmen has mastered various techniques and found a language all their own.

Dale Larson turns various woods, including madrone and maple, on a lathe to create large bowls that highlight the natural grain of the wood. He has traveled the world demonstrating his flawless technique and creating timeless forms.

William Moore began his artistic career as a wood turner before incorporating metal into his process. Over the years the combination of these two materials has lead to unique works that transcend categorization. This year Moore is retiring from Pacific Northwest College of Art after nearly 40 years of teaching.

Greg Wilbur raises metal, hammering it into a sculptural form. His process of heating, hammering and annealing seamlessly transforms flat sheets of copper and bronze into vessel forms that appear to defy the laws of physics.

About The Gallery's Pop-Up Series

In an effort to increase community-building at the Museum, half of the front Gallery space is dedicated for a compact store-within-a-store, curated monthly by the different owners of well-known but idiosyncratic local stores, collectives or organizations that represent Portland's diverse craft and design audiences.

The series changes monthly with opening receptions the First Wednesday of each month to coincide with DeSoto Building gallery openings.

Monday, April 11, 2011


It's been quite a while since our last post. But it's that time again! The 2011 Craft Dept. Spring Sale is taking place on April 30 from 10AM-5PM and May 1 from 12PM-5PM.
As always we will be promoting a little tour of our studios. You can see and purchase pots at Victoria Christen's: 5708 North Syracuse St. PDX 97203; Kowkie Durst's: 5250 ne skidmore PDX 97218; Brian Jones and Dara Hartman: 3836 N. Haight Ave. PDX 97227
Questions can be directed to: We'll see you there!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

If you bike, you get a discount!

That's right! Take advantage of the great ride between the studios and hop on your double wheeled machine! 10% off the total price when you arrive by bike.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Victoria Christen and Kowkie Durst will be showing at 5708 N Syracuse St, up in North Portland. It's located between Lombard St. and Willamette Blvd. (bottom image)

Brian R. Jones and Dara Hartman will
be showing at 3836 N. Haight Ave. here in Portland. It's located at the corner of Haight and Failing in NE, and is between Mississippi Ave. and Williams Ave. (top image)

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Spring Tour

Hi all,

We're getting things ready for our 2010 spring open house(s). You can see us on April 24+25 from 10AM - 5 PM. Brian R. Jones and Dara Hartman will be showing at Brian's studio, and Victoria Christen and Kowkie Durst will be over at Victoria's. Questions can be emailed to:

Come by bike and get 10% off!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

1st Annual Holiday Sale

Craft Dept.'s first sale will take place on December 12 & 13. Hours are 10AM-9PM on Saturday, with an opening from 6-9PM, and 10AM-4PM on Sunday. We'll be showing at Acanthus ( located at 2834 NW Thurman St. here in Portland, OR. Questions can be emailed to

We hope to see you there!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Current membership.

Since we're just starting out, the Craft Dept. membership is only four artists. This will change in the future as we plan on including artists who will encompass a variety of craft media. For the time being the core membership includes: Victoria Christen, Kowkie Durst, Dara Hartman, and Brian R. Jones. We'll use this blog to post news about our individual events, interests, and event times and dates for our studio sales.