Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Behind the Shoji at Portland Japanese Garden

One of the annual events they have in the summer at Portland Japanese Garden is their Behind the Shoji Show and Sale. During this they have artists show their work and do demonstrations like Michael Dibitetto.

Mr. Dibitetto is a well known Oregon print maker who does hand-pulled prints using this old printing press.

A few of the pieces he was working on that day.

Some of the etched copper plates he uses.

You can see some of his finished art work on his Etsy page here.

Behind the Shoji is held in the Pavilion Gallery. Inside there were many things to see.

 Prints, pottery and fabric.

Even yukata and kimono.

Including ceramic figurines.

More art, vases and temari balls.

And another ceramic rabbit. This little one caught my eye and I had thought of bringing him home.

Even more of the bunnies. They seemed to be in a lot of places.

The reason I didn't bring a bunny home was because I was looking for this. Glass artist Kurumi Conley's work. Kurumi Conley has a studio in Portland and I have admired her work for a little bit. Her website is here if you want to see more.

 So besides seeing the kasagi from Japan and spending time in the garden I was able to replace my Choju-giga tea cup and get these two Kurumi Conley adorable little glass plates with gold fish on them.

While the Portland Japanese Garden is closed starting next month till spring for their new construction, they will still have their shop website up. They won't have pieces by the artists that were shown at Behind the Shoji but they have other nice items. Here's the link to it.

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