Through the Fire, From Dirt to Dazzle

Since 2004, Peter Drewliner and Charles Higa have been donating works of
art and acquisition funds to expand and enhance the museum's significant
collection of contemporary ceramics. Gifts from their collection and
other acquisitions that they have made possible, most of which are being
exhibited for the first time since they were accessioned by the museum,
span the history of contemporary ceramics.

On view are major examples by masters of the American Studio Pottery
movement of the 1950s and 1960s such as Beatrice Wood, Edwin and Mary
Scheier, Karen Karnes, Rose Cabat, Robert Turner, Ruth Duckworth, and
Maija Grotell, who was a teacher and mentor of Toshiko Takaezu--also
included in the exhibition.  More recent works are by Adrian Saxe, Ken
Ferguson, John Pagliaro, Virgil Ortiz, and Dorothy Feibleman.

Drewliner/Higa support has also bolstered the representation of foreign
artists in the collection, including works by Rupert Spira and Gabrielle
Koch (both England), Gustavo Perez (Mexico), Steve Heinemann and Paul
Mathieu (both Canada), Yo Akiyama (Japan), and Renee Reichenbach
(Germany).

While the majority of works are based in the vessel tradition, several
are sculptural in nature, such as the works by Robert Hudson, Esther
Shimazu, and Beverly Mayeri (The Toddler by the latter is on view in the
new collection installation, Anxiety's Edge, in the Clare Booth Luce
Gallery (27).

Through the Fire, From Dirt to Dazzle Checklist

 

Collection Works:

 

Ralph Bacerra, American, 1938-2008

Covered Vessel, c. 1981

glazed porcelain

8 x 13 x 13 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, 2011 and gift of Peter G. Drewliner, 2011 (2011.5

 

Rose Cabat, American, born 1914

Weed Pot, 1970s

glazed porcelain

2 15/16 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust, 2004

 

Ruth Duckworth, American, born Germany, 1919-2009

Vessel, 1985-86

pit-fired ceramic

5 x 5 x 4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2004

 

Maija Grotell, American, born Finland, 1899-1973

Large Bowl, 1956

glazed stoneware

10 x 14 x 14 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2010

 

Dorothy Feibleman, American, born 1951

Lunar Bowl, c. 1986-1995

laminated porcelain

3 x 4 3/4 x 5 5/8 inches
Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Dorothy Feibleman, American, born 1951

Katakuchi and Sakazuki (sake server and cup), c. 2003-2006

laminated porcelain

sake server: 1 5/8 x 4 9/16 x 3 3/4 inches,   cup: 1 3/16 x  2 7/16 x 2 1/2 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2008

 

Dorothy Feibleman, American, born 1951

Secret Garden, c. 2003-2006

laminated porcelain

1 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2008

 

Dorothy Feibleman, American, born 1951

Small Bowl, c. 2003-2006

laminated porcelain

1 1 1/16 x  3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2008

 

Kenneth Ferguson, American, 1928-2004

Vessel with Hares, late 1980s

stoneware

14 x 18 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2007

 

Steve Heineman, Canadian, born 1957

Oracle, 2005

ceramic

9 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 10 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2007

 

Robert Hudson, American, born 1938

Ceramics #38, Bottle, 1973

painted and glazed earthenware

13 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Shugen Inouye, Japanese, 1935-1964

Covered Vessel, c. 1960

glazed stoneware

6 3/8 x 8 3/4 x 8 1/2 Inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust, 2004

 

Toyo Kaneshige, Japanese, 1896-1967

Tea Bowl, 1960s

anagama-fired stoneware

3 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust, 2004

 

Karen Karnes, American, born 1925

Covered Jar, 1970s

glazed stoneware

6 5/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust, 2004

 

Gabriele Koch, German, born 1948

Bell Form, no date

pit-fired and burnished earthenware

14 3/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Paul Mathieu, Canadian, born 1954
Teapot, Cup and Saucer from “Fluid Exchange” series, teapot: 1998, cup and saucer 2002
porcelain with glaze and underglaze
8 1/2 x 12 x 6 1/2 inches (teapot), 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cup and saucer)

Promised gift of the Peter G. DrewlinerTrust

 

Virgil Ortiz, American, Cochiti Pueblo, born 1969

Winged Angel, 2008

coil-built Native clay, Native slips, wild spinach plant, burnished

14 1/2 x 11 x 11 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2008

 

John Pagliaro, American, born 1970

Gold Clouds, 2006

hand-built, cold-painted ceramic

13 x 18 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Gustavo Perez, Mexican, born 1950

Tall Vase, 2000

glazed and pierced stoneware

12 3/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Renee Reichenbach, German, born 1956
Spherical Teapot, 2005
red clay and multicolored porcelain, inlaid and gilded

5 7/8 x 14 x 4 1/2 inches

Promised gift of the Peter G. DrewlinerTrust

 

Edwin Scheier, American, 1910-2008 and Mary Scheier, American, 1908-2007

Bowl with Rowers, no date

glazed earthenware?

7 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of the Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Kenneth L. Drewliner, 2008

 

Esther Shimazu, American, born 1957

Blue Devil Braced, 2006

stoneware and porcelain

9 x 9 1/2 x 9 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2007

 

Robert Sperry, American, 1927-1998

Large Platter, 1989

stoneware with slip

4 x 27 x 27 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2007

 

Rupert Spira, English, born 1960

Poem Bowl, 2006

glazed stoneware?

8 x 9 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2009

 

Robert Turner, American, 1913-2005

Covered Jar, late 1960s

glazed stoneware

8 1/2 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2007

 

Paula Winokur, American, born 1935

Repetitions, Wasp Ledges, 2003

thrown and hand-built porcelain, stain, engobe

seven parts, each 16 x 6 x 6 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, and gift of Peter G. Drewliner in honor of Charles E. Higa, 2007

 

Beatrice Wood, American, 1893-1998

Bowl, c. 1955

glazed earthenware

5 5/8 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2004

 

Yo Akiyama, Japanese, born 1953

Vessel, 2008

stoneware

13 x 14 13/16 x 14 13/16 inches

Gift of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 2011, purchased with a gift of funds from the Peter G. Drewliner Trust, 2010 (2010.3)

 

Loans:

 

Toshiko Takaezu, American, 1922-2011

Closed Form, 1970s

salt-glazed stoneware

Promised gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust

 

Toshiko Takaezu, American, 1922-2011

Closed Form, 1970s

glazed stoneware

Promised gift of the Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Trust

 

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