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Chuck Aydlett

Biography to Display: 

1960 Born Marblehead, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

1984 BFA Ceramics, The New York College of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

1990 MFA Ceramics, The New York College of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1990 Kiln Technician, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

1991-1998 Instructor, Technician, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

1998-1999 Assistant Professor, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

2000-2009 Studio Artist, Adjunct Professor, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota

2009— Clay Business Manager, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena Montana

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1990-1991 Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena Montana

 BIOGRAPHY 

Chuck Aydlett is known for both functional and sculpural earthenware (using a majolica glaze) and stoneware pottery. He uses various techniques including casting and hand-building to create cups, teapots, pitchers, and complex sculptures referencing human, animal and geometric forms. The dreamlike and surreal detailed drawings on his work are executed with under-glaze pencils, sometimes accented by silver like metallic lozenges and paints.  Aydlett uses personal surreal imagery with mixes of imaginary, historic, and contemporary references. In the second decade of the 20th century Aydlett began to attach a reflective thin black plastic ‘puddle’ form to the underside of a ceramic object as an integral part of the object.  The matt underside of this ‘puddle’ form is signed and acts like a plinth to separate the sculptural vessel form its surroundings.

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe Arizona

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah  

rosenfieldcollection.com

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography to Display: 

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2001.

Hermachandra, Ray and Matthias Ostermann. Masters: Earthenware:  Major Work by Leading Artists. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2010.

Knox, Mike. “Chuck Aydlett: The Social, The Surreal, The Environment.” Ceramics, Art and Perception 76 (June-September 2009).

Lawrence, Jeffrey. “Literally and Figuratively.” Ceramics Monthly 58, no.1  (January 2010).

 

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

"Chuck Adlett" cursive written in wet clay plus year.

"Aydlett" either written or carved into wet clay, either with year or a swirl like imprint.

2012
2016
Cup
Date: 2012
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup
Date: 2016
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Stain
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Face Teapot
Method: Hand-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Cup
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Checkered Head Jar with Tray
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Blue Beak Ewer
Date: 1986
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Dimensions: 16.2 X 6.3 X 19 inches
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.86
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.86

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 4, 2023. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/aydlett