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Norman Arsenault

Biography to Display: 

1900 Born

1984 Died

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1939-1973 Professor, Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

 

 

Biography

Norman Arsenault made hand built and wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain pottery.  Surface treatment includes sgraffito (sgraffito: scratching through a layer of slip to reveal the color of the clay beneath), underglaze painting, and glaze.

In 1939, Norman Arsenault established the ceramics division of the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. During his tenure at the Museum School, he travelled to Japan and studied there with noted potter Shoji Hamada.

 

 

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Smith, Russell T. School of the Museum of Fine Arts Annual Report for the Year 1942. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts, 1942. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43480444.

 

 

 

Typical Marks

There are three known marks as of february 2017: 1. Hand written, first and last name, prominent “A.”  2. Last name only. 3. Initials “NA” in oval.

 

Yumoni
Date: 1950
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Yumomi
Date: 1950-1960
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Weed Vase
Date: 1950-1960
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 4, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/arsenault