NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Museum of Art is opening two ceramics exhibits on Saturday. They mark the first time in more than 20 years the museum has focused on modern and contemporary ceramics.

Both showcase work collected by former staffers. They're titled "New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection" and "Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection."

Bullard ran the museum for 35 years. He collected nearly 500 works by 235 artists. The exhibit includes 77 works by 33 of them. It runs through next summer.

The Japanese exhibit runs through April. It features 82 works by 40 artists. It includes three historic works to show the craft's tradition and evolution over 15,000 years in Japan. Yelen Gitter is a former senior curator.