For more than 40 years, Thomas Orr has created stunning ceramic pots and sculptures.

Recently he began work on a new series he calls “War Tablets,” which draws on his experience fighting in Vietnam.

“We all have wounds,” Thomas said. “They’re just different wounds. And if you work with your wounds, and I work with mine, when I see your work it touches me.”   

Orr received his MFA from the Claremont Graduate School in California before moving to Portland in 1995. He became the head of the ceramics department at Oregon College of Art and Craft, where he worked for the next 18 years. Orr, along with his wife Joanna, recently started the Ash Street Project Emerging Artist Program to train and mentor budding artists in their Portland studio.

Thomas Orr is a Portland artist who uses clay to create stunning ceramic pots and sculptures.