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William C. Alexander, Bill Alexander

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1988Died, Hawaii


1953-1955 University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

1957 BA Baylor University, Waco, Texas

1960 MFA Alfred University, Alfred, New York


1961-1962Apprentice Master, Haussmann Keramik, Uster, Switzerland


1960-1961Studio Potter, Laufenburg, Germany

1962-1963Secretary-Treasurer, A&P Drilling, Co., Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

1963-1977Professor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

1977—Director, School of Art, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana


William C. Alexander is known for his terra sigillata pots. He experimented extensively with low-fire ceramics, terra sigillata and woodfiring. His artistic production includes a wide range of wares. In 1973 he presented his first research in ceramic toxicity. Through his research and publications on the topic, Alexander is considered one of the founders of the art safety movement.

Alexander started his ceramics career in Europe as a potter in Germany and an Apprentice Master in Switzerland. When he moved back to the states, he helped establish and grow the ceramics programs at Colorado State University and Montana State University.

From 1968-1969, Alexander served as Director at large of NCECA and from 1977 as the President. He served as a ranking officer on the committees of the American Crafts Council and the World Crafts Council.

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Bibliography to Display: 

Alexander, William C. "Ceramic Toxicology." Studio Potter, Spring 1974.

Alexander William C. "Wood Firing." Studio Potter, Spring 1974.

Nelson, Glenn C. Ceramics; a Potter's Handbook. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971.

"The Last Decade of the Crafts." Craft Horizons, June 1976.

Wettlaufer, George, and Nancy Wettlaufer. Getting into Pots: A Basic Pottery Manual. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice-Hall, 1976.


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Typical Marks
until 1967
after 1967
Date: 1969
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Salt Glaze)
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Date: 1977
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 26, 2017.