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The major styles represented in the Museum's Modern and ceramic collection include sculptural, functional and decorative ceramics, plus the Modern category. Sculptural ceramics range from wall mounted constructions, figurative objects, abstract teapots, and several other types of nonfunctional objects. Functional ceramics are split into two categories, studio ceramics and other functional ceramics. Studio ceramics have been a major part of the ceramics collection at the Museum since its inception, and are functional ware created in the western United States primarily between the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Additionally, Functional Ceramics created prior to or following this time period, represent over half of the functional ceramics collection. Decorative ceramics mostly come from European countries, created during the 17th to 19th centuries and can be either functional or sculptural, but their main purpose is generally to adorn a collector’s home and embellish their furnishings. The Modern category is divided into three areas, abstract, non-objective and representational, reflecting the variety of types of Modern art.

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