Stewarded by the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, the collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft comprises 1,300+ objects of modern and contemporary craft from 1937 to the present. Largely made up of mid-century ceramics, the collection also includes works in clay, fiber, glass, metal and wood from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In 2008, the Museum published Unpacking the Collection: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft, a book documenting the Museum’s collection and its connections to the American Craft Movement and changes in artistic practice over the past 70 years. In 2016, the Museum’s collection of contemporary craft was transferred to the care of Pacific Northwest College of Art who, with the support of The Ford Family Foundation and The Oregon Cultural Trust, produced the first searchable digital archive of all 1,300+ works. You can view each object in the collection on


The Museum’s archives include thousands of slides, photographs, correspondence, board minutes, exhibition posters, print materials and other ephemera that supports the behind-the-scenes aspects of Museum work. The archive provides insight into shifts in exhibition practices, the display of craft, graphic design history, and economic and lifestyle shifts over the Museum’s seven-decade history. Researchers interested in accessing the archives can contact the PNCA library staff at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Researchers, writers and graduate students interested in learning more about the collection or archive may contact the staff of the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

Collection Exhibitions

Extra Credit: Students Mine the Collection
January 31, 2015 – July 11, 2015

Portland Collects: British Ceramics
February 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015

Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works
August 16, 2013 – February 8, 2014

Reflecting on Erik Gronborg: Selections by Jeffry Mitchell
August 7, 2012 – February 16, 2013

Northwest Modern: Revisiting the Annual Ceramic Exhibitions of 1950–64
August 18, 2011 – February 25, 2012

75 Gifts for 75 Years
July 28, 2011 – February 25, 2012
Special Publication: 75 Gifts for 75 Years

Era Messages: Selections by Garth Johnson
January 27, 2011 – July 09, 2011

Collateral Matters: Selections by Kate Bingaman-Burt and Clifton Burt
August 26, 2010 – January 8, 2011

Land Art: David Shaner
March 10, 2010 – August 07, 2010

The Academy is Full of Craft
July 28 – February 20, 2010

Toshiko Takaezu: Recent Gifts
February 5 – July 11, 2009

The Ceramics of Gertrud and Otto Natzler
August 02, 2008 – January 25, 2009

Generations: Ken Shores
April 10, 2008–July 23, 2008

The Living Room
October 11, 2007–March 23, 2008