We are pleased to present a new exhibition of work, Vessels, by accomplished ceramic artist, Connie Kiener. This show features a selection of sculptures that can also function as vessels with their removable tops. The figures are largely inspired by Japanese figurative ceramics, treated with Kiener’s distinctive use of the maiolica painting technique. A Portland native, Kiener has gained a national reputation as a ceramist. She paints with unusual sensitivity and vivid color bringing narrative and dynamism to the objects she creates.

Connie Kiener studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and in Umbria, Italy. She has exhibited in galleries across the country and has received several awards and commissions, including a project for the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, the White House in Washington, D.C., the Arizona State University Museum in Phoenix, and the Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum in Little Rock.