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Victor Babu

Biography to Display: 

1936Born Albania

2019 Died


1961 BFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

1963 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


1965-1968 Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

1968-2001 Professor, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri


Victor Babu is known for wheel-thrown porcelain functional pottery. Signature forms include chargers and canisters. Babu relies on multiple glaze application and abstract or stylized imagery. A variety of color schemes and combinations were used in Babu's mature work.

Babu was encouraged to become a teacher by his professor and mentor at Alfred University, Ted Randall. During the latter half of the 20th Century, Babu was instrumental in developing the Kansas City Art institute's Ceramics Department into one of the top-tier undergraduate ceramics programs in the U.S.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver, Colorado

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas


Bibliography to Display: 

Babu, Victor. Remembering Beauty: The Ceramic Work of Victor Babu. Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Jewish Museum Foundation, 2008.

Connell, Jim. “Victor Babu.” Ceramics Monthly (June-August 2003).



Typical Marks
Mallet Vase
Date: 1975
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 14 x 5.5"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Date: 1987
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: China Paint, Glaze
NCECA 2016
Photo: TMP
NCECA 2016
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 1, 2019.