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Canadian First Nations (Oji-Cree), 20th century, female.

Born 28 March 1971, in Yorkton (Saskatchewan).

Installation artist, ceramicist, photographer, sculptor, printmaker.

KC Adams studied at Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec, where she received her BFA in Studio Arts in 1998. Her artistic practice was further developed through artists’ residencies in Canada, at institutions in Banff, Charlottetown and Winnipeg. During her ...


Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....


French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 22 June 1952, in Bordeaux.

Painter (including mixed media), sculptor, potter. Stage sets.

At the age of 24, Philippe Aïni gave up his job as a pastry cook to become an artist, although he lacked any training. At first, he was supported and encouraged to exhibit by Jean-Pierre Roche of the Galerie Émergences in Bordeaux (...


Lisa M. Binder

Ghanaian sculptor, active in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture (1968) and a postgraduate diploma in art education from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1969). After graduation he taught at the Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Ghana, in a position vacated by the eminent sculptor Vincent Kofi. From ...


Gordon Campbell

German porcelain factory founded in 1887 in the Bavarian city of Arzberg. The factory’s most famous design is a set of tableware known as ‘Form 1382’, which was designed by Hermann Gretsch (1895–1950) and has been sold since 1931. In August 2000...


British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in California.

Born 1940, in Cleator Moor (West Cumbria).

Painter, ceramicist, print artist, film maker, photographer. Textiles.

Conrad Atkinson graduated from Carlisle College of Art (1961), Liverpool College of Art (1962) and the Royal Academy Schools in London (...


Norwegian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Italy 1979-1984, then in France.

Born 1955, in Oslo.

Sculptor, installation artist.

From 1979-1981 Per Barclay attended courses at the Istituto Statale in Florence, from 1981-1983 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, and from 1983-1985 at the academy in Rome....


British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1961, in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Painter. Landscapes.

From 1980 to 1985, Stephen Barclay studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He divides his time and work between Arbroath in Scotland and Mölln near Lübeck in Germany. He uses a liberated realist technique, painting landscapes that appear to be peaceful but which contain strange objects, including remainders of war, catastrophe and sacrifice: part of an aircraft cabin, a broken monkey cage or the remains of a railway track. The universe of Anselm Kiefer and Markus Lüpertz is a clear influence on Barclay's dreamlike, or nightmarish, landscapes....


British, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1944, in Stoke-on-Trent.

Sculptor (clay/bronze/porcelain/bone china). Figures, portraits.

Glenys Barton studied at the Royal College of Art in London (1967-1971). She was born in a city famous for its ceramics industry and into a family of ceramic workers. She won many prizes and awards in the early 1970s and was the British prize winner for International Ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum in ...


Native American (Wiyot and Yurok), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Newport (Oregon).

Sculptor, painter, ceramicist, mixed-media artist, print-maker.

Rick Bartow of the Wiyot and Yurok Nations of Northern California works in a number of media to create images which often reference indigenous North American transformation myths. His work with the Maori artist John Bevan Ford has also been an influence. In ...


Canadian First Nations (Ojibwa), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1942 or 1943, in M’chigeeng (West Bay), Manitoulin Island. Died 2005, Ottawa.

Draughtsman, painter, ceramicist, installation artist.

Carl Beam, a distinguished Ojibwa artist, was the first Canadian indigenous artist to gain recognition for contemporary Native American art by having one of his pieces accepted into the National Gallery of Art (Ottawa). He achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria, and ...


Tunisian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 9 October 1951, in Maamoura.

Painter, ceramicist.

In 1977 Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Institut Technologique d'Art in Tunis, specialising in ceramics. In 1978-79 he worked at the Massana School in Barcelona and in 1982-83 in Japan.

He employs acrylics in his paintings and is strongly influenced by Arab calligraphy, which appears both in a concealed and an explicit form. The rows of symbols, or writings in various colours, are arranged between parallel horizontal lines, and decorative elements are only allowed as a framing device for his compositions....


Swiss, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Fontanello, near Parma, Italy.

Born 1956, in Neuchâtel.

Engraver (copper/etching/line-engraving). Figures, landscapes, architectural views.

André Beuchat has lived in Italy since 1980 and opened a ceramics studio in Fidenza. He had his first experience of line-engraving at the school of the International Centre for Engraving in Venice in ...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1957, in Sète.

Potter. Local scenes.

Patricia Biascamano is the granddaughter of the painter Jean Boniface and the eldest of the Biascamano artist family. She studied illustration and the strip cartoon in Paris, before going on to create reliefs on plates of various sizes. At first, these were designed to be hung on the wall, but later she treated subjects horizontally, painting miniature scenes in the naive style, drawing her inspiration from her native Sète and the Languedoc....


Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1949, in Alost.

Painter, sculptor, potter.

Luc de Blok trained at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Alost. He paints imaginary landscapes, sculpts figures and makes casts of ordinary objects of daily life in decorative ceramic panels, as quasi-fossil prints. He has had regular solo shows since ...


Belgian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Rotem.

Sculptor, potter.

A graduate of the Provincaal Hoger Instituut voor Kunstambachten in Hasselt, Georges Blom won a prize at the international ceramics competition in Faenza in 1974. His works acquire a pictorial dimension from their graphic quality and the use of colouring, being constructed of small blocks of earth, imprisoned in a mural box....


British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1943, in Cardiff.

Potter, painter, graphic artist. English slipware.

Clive Bowen studied painting and etching at the Cardiff School of Art in the 1960s. Although he still paints and works as a graphic artist, he is first and foremost a potter. From ...


English potter. After a foundation year at Leeds College of Art (1966–7), she studied ceramics at the Central School of Art, London (1967–70), and then at the Royal College of Art (1970–73) under Hans Coper. She is well known as a teacher and writer as well as a potter. She began her career decorating tiles. Her first solo exhibition was at the Amalgam Gallery, London, in ...


French, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1 April 1949, in Andrezieux.

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist.

Marie-Thérèse Buffoni studied art in St Etienne and specialised in research into ceramics, mosaics and pigments.

Her essentially non-figurative work ranges across a broad spectrum of techniques (oils, pastels, acrylics, watercolours) and she also produce ceramics, porcelain pieces and jewellery. Her principal interest is the effects of colour, light and space....


American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947.


Paul Chaleff was a student at the City University of New York from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a Master of Fine Arts.

He specialised in ceramics and in the Japanese technique of wood-fired pottery, Anagama. This technique uses high temperatures and generates a rough surface texture in the clay which cannot be obtained by using more conventional methods. Because of the high temperature Chaleff risks a proportion of his production as the clay frequently perishes at the close exposure to the heat source. He accepts this as an integral part of his work: 'My work is all about risk.' Chaleff has produced a large number of large-scale ceramic works, often in the shape of bowls and jars, including ...