The World Organization of China Painters Museum displays painted porcelain from around the world 

I've never been the most graceful guy in world. In fact, I'm a bit of a klutz. So I was naturally a bit hesitant to explore the rows of fragile fancies lining the shelves at the World Organization of China Painters Museum, 2641 N.W. 10th.

Founded in 1967 with a mission to preserve the art of porcelain painting, the World Organization of China Painters boasts that its museum has amassed "one of the finest collections of award-winning, modern porcelain artists' work in the U.S."

With more than 6,000 square feet of exhibit space, the giant china closet is filled with painted porcelain of every shape and size, from huge vases to dainty teacups. Among the 3,000 pieces in the collection are works from almost every U.S. state and at least a dozen countries. Plates, bowls, cups and saucers are joined by porcelain chandeliers, china dolls and Christmas ornaments. Even the light switch covers are decorated porcelain.

An interesting collection of Japanese porcelain is on display, along with examples of antique, vintage and modern pieces from the famous porcelain factories of Limoges, France. In the Victorian Room, many pieces are displayed on a nice collection of antique furniture. The premier piece is also the oldest; made around 1840 by the King's Porcelain Manufactory in Berlin, the framed porcelain plaque is decorated with a religious scene.

The collection includes several pieces from an Oklahoma wildflower dining set created for Gov. George Nigh. There are also pieces from the china setting used for President Bill Clinton's 1993 inaugural ball.

Aspiring porcelain artists can find supplies in the gift shop and choose from a variety of painting classes to further develop their talents.

Although I saw no "You break it, you buy it" signs among the many examples of this delicate craft, it's still a good idea to tread carefully. I am proud to say that I managed my visit with no casualties, calamities, crashes or chipped china.
 
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.theshop.net/wocporg.  

Price writes online at www.travelblur.com.

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