Karen Karnes

Karen Karnes

Karen Karnes was an American ceramist, best known for her wheel-thrown functional pottery, salt-glazed, earth-toned stoneware ceramics, and her experiments with wood firing and sculptural pottery. She was born in 1925 in New York City, where she attended art schools for children. Her garment worker parents were Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants, and the family … Read more

Linna Vogel Irelan

Linna Vogel Irelan

Linna Vogel von Fogelstein Irelan (1846 – 1914) was an American potter and author who was born in Germany. She was the first woman in California to work in ceramics and use purely California clays and materials. She founded the first art pottery west of Ohio and won numerous gold medals under the name of … Read more

Wayne Higby

Wayne Higby

Wayne Higby (born 1943) is one of the most innovative second-generation artists to come out of the post-World War II American ceramic movement. Wayne Higby is a Professor and director at Ceramic Art at Alfred University and Museum. Higby is best known for making earthenware vessels and sculptures that involve spatial relationships with glazed landscape … Read more

Edith Heath

Edith Heath American Ceramic Artist

Edith Kiertzner Heath (Edith Heath was born on May 24, 1911 – December 27, 2005) was an American studio potter and founder of Heath Ceramics in Sausalito, California. Edith Heath is well known for her avant-garde, minimalist mid-century modern ceramic tableware, including “Heathware,” and architectural tiles. Heath was a pioneer in advancing the evolution of … Read more

Chris Gustin

Chris Gustin

Chris Gustin is an American ceramicist born 1952 in Chicago, Illinois. Gustin’s art is based on the human form, as evidenced by the shape, color, and scale of the pieces. Gustin creates sensual, curvaceous objects that speak to the human figure as well as the artist’s hand. Chris received his BFA from the Kansas City … Read more

John Glick

John Glick

John Parker Glick (1938-2017) was a ceramic artist who lived in the United States. John Glick is best known for his innovative one-of-a-kind dinnerware designs, influenced by the decorative patterns and glaze selections of Japanese pottery. John was born in Detroit, Michigan, and died in Walnut Creek, California. He earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy … Read more

Melvino Garretti

Melvino Garretti

Melvino Garretti (born 1946 in Los Angeles) is an American multidisciplinary artist who works in ceramics, painting, and performance. We know Garretti’s artworks for their abstract motif, which often includes a variety of colorful emblematic shapes, symbols and often includes spikes, spiral forms, and jagged edges. Garretti is a 1978 MFA graduate of San Francisco … Read more

Laura Ann Fry

Laura Ann Fry

Laura Anne Fry was an American artist who specialized in wood carving, ceramics, and china painting. Laura Fry was born just outside of Lafayette, Indiana, in 1857. Laura worked at both the Rookwood Pottery Company and the Lonhuda Pottery Company as a ceramic painter and teacher. She received a patent for a mouth-blown atomizer, which … Read more

Michael Frimkess

Michael Frimkess

Michael Frimkess is an American ceramic artist who lives in Venice, California. Frimkess is best known for employing forms from Greek, Chinese, and Indigenous American antiquity on pottery. Michael Frimkess was one of the youngest artists to study with ceramic tradition maestro Peter Voulkos at the Otis Art Institute, where he was one of the … Read more

Ken Ferguson (Modern Ceramic Artist)

Ken Ferguson

Kenneth Richard Ferguson (1928 – 2004) was an American ceramist. Ken Ferguson is best known for his stoneware incorporating sculptures of hares, such as Vessel with Hares in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. He was born and raised in Elmwood, Indiana, by two industrious manufacturing laborers who urged him to pursue an … Read more