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Victor Babu

Biography to Display: 

1936 Born, Albania (emigrated Bronx, New York)

2019 Died, Overland Park, Kansas




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 creating functional pottery and vessels. Signature forms include large wheel thrown platters, and canisters. Babu often works in porcelain and relies on multiple glaze application methods to complete his work. Taking cues from both art history and his own interests, Babu often uses the surface of the clay as canvas, paining abstract or stylized imagery onto a given form. Flora and fauna appear most often  in a variety of color schemes and combinations on the majority of Babu's mature work.


In addition to his personal creations, Babu was instrumental in developing the Kansas City Art institute's Ceramics Department as one of the top-tier undergraduate ceramics programs in the U.S. during the latter half of the 20th Century. Ted Randall, Babu's professor and mentor at Alfred University, was instrumental in nurturing his entry into a teaching career.


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 August 28, 2019.