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Posey Bacopoulos

Biography to Display: 


UnknownBS European History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin


1987Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado

1988, 1989, 1991, 1992Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

1992University of Georgia Study Abroad, Cortona, Italy

1994Postbaccalaureate student, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

2009Artists Invite Artists Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana


PresentStudio Potter, New York, New York


Posey Bacopoulos is known for functional tablewares with brightly colored surface decoration. Her pots combine thrown, altered and hand-built sections that are assembled to create novel forms. She uses low fired terra cotta clay with a majolica surface technique.

Bacopoulos' approach to majolica involves the use of  a smooth, opaque white glaze of Zircopax, a replacement for the traditional tin glaze, to which colorants are applied in a thin wash to create colorful decoration. Occasionally, she incorporates gold decals in addition to the majolica decoration.

Bacopoulos' work explores the relationship between surface decoration, form and function. Her motifs, shapes and colors reflect her interest in textiles and interior design.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Bermuda National Gallery, City Hall Arts Center, Hamilton, Bermuda

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado

University Museum, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, Connecticut

Yixing Ceramic Museum, Yixing , China


Bibliography to Display: 

Best of American Pottery and Woodworking Artists and Artisans v. 1. Williamsburg, Virginia: Kennedy Publishing, 2006.

Burelson, Mark. The Ceramic Glaze Handbook. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2001.

Cargney, Daphne. Majiolica: Ceramic Handbook. London, England: A&C Black, 2010.

Cooper, Emmanuel. “On the Table." Ceramic Review, no.198 (November/December 2002).

Davis, Don. Wheel-Thrown Ceramics Lark Books.  Axsheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1998.

Fina, Angela and Christopher Gustin. The Contemporary Potter. Gloucester, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers, 2000.

________________________________. The Best of Pottery 2.  Gloucester, Massachusetts: Rockport Publishers, 1999.

Heinkel-Wolfe, Peggy.  “Upfront: Materials Hard and Soft." Ceramics Monthly 51, no.8, (October, 2003).

Hemanchandra, Ray, editor Julia Galloway, juror.500 VasesAsheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2010. 

Hillman, Linda. “Posey Bacopoulos at Terra Incognito." Clay Times 9, no.3 (May/June, 2003).

Hluch, Kevin. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2001.

Hopper, Robin. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2004.

“Karen Karnes and Friends”. Clay Times 7, no.4 (July/August, 2001).

Lark Books. The Ceramic Design Book, a Gallery of Contemporary Work. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1998.

Lehman, Jean. “Strictly Functional Pottery National 2002”. Clay Times .8, no.5 (September/October) 2002.

Murfitt, Stephen. The Glaze Book. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2002.

Ostermann, Matthias. The New Maiolica, Contemporary Approaches to Colour and Technique. London, England: A&C Black, 1999.

Pegrum, Brenda. Painted Ceramics: Colour and Imagery on Clay.  Wiltshire, England: Crowood Press, 1999.

Peters, Lynn. Surface Decoration for Low-Fire Ceramics.  Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1999.

Ratliff, Carol J. “Clayarters International”. Ceramics Monthly 46, no.3 (March, 1998).

Rhodes, Daniel revised by Robin Hopper.  Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2000.

Sykes, Toni. Object Lessons. Madison, Wisconsin: Guild Publishing, 2001.

Tourtillott, Suzanne, editor. 500 Bowls. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2003.

_________________, editor, Terry Guess, juror. 500 Pitchers. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005.

_________________, editor. 500 Cups. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2005.

_________________,editor, Linda Arbuckle, juror. 500 Plates & Chargers. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2007.

Triplett, Kathy. 500 Teapots. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2002.

“Upfront: Consider the Cup”, Ceramics Monthly 56, no.1 (January 2008).

Walter, Josie. Pots in the Kitchen.  Wiltshire, England: The Crowood Press, 2002.

Wood, Karen. Tableware in Clay from Studio and Workshop. Wiltshire, England: The Crowood Press, 1999.


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Typical Marks

"Posey" etched into glaze with glaze in a different color underneath

"Posey" written in black

ca 2000
ca 2000
Oval Platter
Date: ca 2000
Method: Mixed Methods, Drape Mold
Surface Technique: Majolica/Mailocia
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Date: ca 2000
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Serving Dish
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Majolica/Mailocia
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Tin Glaze, Transfer or Decal Decorated

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 25, 2023.