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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 ...

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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....

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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 ...

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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 ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947.

Sculptor.

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 ...

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Margaret Moore Booker

Native American potter. The daughter of famed Navajo potter Rose Williams, Cling broke with tradition by creating highly polished, red-hued decorative ware in a contemporary style that ushered in a new generation of Navajo art potters (including her two sisters).

After graduating from the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, UT, she married Jerry Cling and worked as a teacher’s aide at the Shonto Boarding School. Initially learning to pot from her mother while a young girl, she became interested in the craft in the 1970s and over time developed an innovative style that reflected her own individual vision....

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1965.

Ceramicist. Scenes with figures.

Folk Art.

Diego Holly Romero featured in 2001 in An Art of the People ( Un art populaire) presented at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris. The exhibition brought together artists creating objects representative of the peoples of the world's everyday life. He showed ceramics in the traditional ...

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Elizabeth Collard

Canadian potter. He studied at the Alberta College of Art, Calgary (1964–9). He initially worked in stoneware making utilitarian wares but in 1975 began devoting himself exclusively to the production of individual porcelain items and was one of the first 20th-century Canadian potters to make porcelain his prime medium. Profoundly interested in the oriental tradition, particularly porcelain of the Song dynasty, he searched for self-expression within this aesthetic. His works have such glazes as celadon and temmoku and such motifs as the iris, sometimes used in three-dimensional form on vases, and are marked by technical and aesthetic standards that limit output. Examples of his work were shown in the Canadian pavilion at the Expo ’70 World Fair in Osaka, Japan. In ...

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Native American (Cherokee), 20th–21st century, male.

Born in Oklahoma.

Ceramicist, sculptor.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, Troy Jackson is a noted potter and sculptor in clay who is also a native Oklahoman. He received his Associate of Arts from Bacone College in Muskogee (where he now teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Art) and his Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He later completed the MFA programme at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He has worked in a number of media, including painting and drawing, but has become known particularly for his expertly rendered figures in clay modelled in a naturalistic style but showing the artist’s links with his Cherokee ancestors who have a long cultural tradition of working in clay. Creating his vessels both on the wheel and by hand, he manages to drawn attention to Southeastern indigenous people and their experiences as well as combining these with influences found in European art traditions....

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Native American (Seneca and Onondaga Nations), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 8 June 1947, on Cattaraugus Indian Reservation (New York).

Sculptor, ceramicist, installation artist.

Peter B. Jones was born and raised on the Seneca Indian Reservation at Cattaraugus, New York, where his father’s family lives. He is also descended from the Onondaga Nation on his mother’s side. His work in ceramics has become widely collected and is shown in major exhibitions in North America and abroad. In ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active also active in England.

Born 1950, in Texas.

Painter, sculptor, draughtswoman, ceramicist.

Catherine Lee is married to the painter Sean Scully. She lives and works in New York and London. Her works - part painting, part sculpture - are assemblages of bronze elements coloured using acid, wood coated with tinted wax, or ceramics. The titles (often placenames such as ...

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G. Lola Worthington

Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo) potter. A renowned potter and member of the Tafoya family, his father, Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, revived ancestral traditional pottery forms and techniques and his sister, Grace Medicine Flower, was also a successful potter. Camilio produced Santa Clara’s first carved black and brick red pots characteristic of Mimbres pottery. Of his Pueblo upbringing, LoneWolf recalled, “We’d sit in the evenings and do beadwork, drawing, painting, clay modeling, woodworking, costume repairing … while our grandparents told us the old legend and stories.”...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the USA.

Born 11 January 1955, in San Rafael (California).

Sculptor, installation artist.

Christian Marclay was born in California but raised in Geneva. He studied sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in the late 1970s and at the Cooper Union, New York. He is a New York-based visual artist and composer who was a pioneer of the remix culture and is prominent in the avant-garde music scene. Since ...

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G. Lola Worthington

Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo) potter. Her father Camilio Sunflower Tafoya, mother Agapita and aunt Margaret Tafoya revived ancestral pottery techniques characteristic of Mimbres pottery. Furthermore, they fabricated superior black and brick red carved-incised pottery forms. A member of the renowned Tafoya family, she, along with her father and brother, ...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1948, in New York.

Painter, watercolourist, sculptor, ceramicist, draughtsman. Portraits, scenes with figures, urban landscapes.

Tobias Mostel was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1966 to 1969, and from 1970 to 1971 at the School of Visual Arts in New York, after which he was the pupil of the painter Mike Loew, who greatly influenced Mostel at the start of his career. His early pieces were small format works tending to abstraction. He later moved towards large formats, in series or cycles. He works on figures (rough sketches of bodies) or statues, which evolve in highly coloured structures with the application of layers of colour. He also frequently introduces the arabesque as a decorative element in his compositions, which are devoid of unpainted or white areas. He has regularly shown his works in solo exhibitions in the USA....

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Native American (Warm Springs, Wasco and Yakima), 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1943, in Oregon.

Ceramicist, glass artist, mask-maker, jewellery artist, printmaker, sculptor. Public art.

‘Giving voice to my ancestors’ is a central concern of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-based artist Lillian Pitt. Much of the work she creates in a variety of media (ceramics, glass, bronze, and other materials) contains a strong awareness of the deep histories of her peoples and their 12,000-year existence in the Columbia River Basin in Oregon. Born and raised at Warm Springs Indian Reservation near Madras, Oregon, she directly descends from the three tribal peoples based there after a historic treaty removed them from their homelands along the Columbia River....

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Native American (Cochiti Pueblo), 20th–21st century, male.

Born 1946, in Berkeley (California).

Ceramicist, painter.

Diego Romero studied for a year at the Institute of American Indian Arts before continuing his studies at the Otis School of Fine Art and UCLA, graduating in 1993 with an MFA. Romero’s works in ceramic are decorated with fictional figures painted in black and white, black and gold, or polychromy. The invented characters, such as the Chongo Brothers or Coyote, featured on his pottery embody with an ironic twist trickster qualities inspired by tribal stories. Rendered in a combination of cartoons and figures of the ancestral Pueblos such as the Mimbres (AD 150–...

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American, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1941, in Hollywood.

Ceramicist.

A pupil of Orange Coast College (1961-1963), Richard Shaw, graduated from San Francisco Art Institute (1965) and the University of California at Davis (1968). He taught at Berkeley in ...

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Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo), 21st century, female.

Born 1983, in Santa Fe (New Mexico).

Sculptor, printmaker, painter, draughtsman, installation artist. Aerosol painting.

Daughter of renowned sculptor Rosanne Swentzell, and great niece of Pueblo potter Nora Naranjo-Morse, Rose Bean Simpson is one of Native North America’s most incisive artists. She received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in ...

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Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo), 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1962, Taos (New Mexico).

Sculptor, ceramicist.

Roxanne Swentzell is a renowned Santa Clara Pueblo ceramicist and sculptor known for her distinctive clay figures, which often make references to the experiences of indigenous women. Her mother, Rina Swentzell, is a distinguished Pueblo artist and scholar, and her daughter, Rose Bean Simpson, is also an artist. Roxanne began modelling clay at a very early age in her uncle’s studio and was drawn to the arts from this moment. She found communication with others difficult due to a speech impediment but was able to convey her feelings and emotions through her artwork....