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Dorothy Bearnson

Biography to Display: 

1921 Born

EDUCATION

1941-1942 Undergraduate study, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

1943 BA University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

1945 MA University of Utah

1956-1957 Graduate Study, Fulbright Grant in Ceramics, Finland

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1958, 1961 and 1964 Student, Marguerite Wildenhain, Pond Farm, Guerneville, California

1956-1957 Student, Kyllikki Salmenhaara, Finland

1963 Summer Student, Shoji Hamada, Japan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1946-1999 Faculty, Art Department, University of Utah

 

Dorothy Bearnson created functional, wheel-thrown ceramics with local clays and glazes and images that are inspired by and cultivated from the Salt Lake City landscape.

A major figure in the development of studio ceramics in Utah, Bearnson organized the Utah Designer Craftsmen group and taught at the University of Utah for over 50 years.

The Dorothy Bearnson papers are stored in the Special Collections division of the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

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

Salt Lake City Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bearnson, Dorothy. "The History of Utah Designer Craftsmen." Utah Artisan, March/April 1972.

Bearnson, Dorothy. "What is a Pot?" Utah Architect. Winter 1966-1967.

"Ceramics in Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Utah." Craft Horizons, March/April 1972.

"Ceramics in Art Faculty Exhibition, University of Utah." Ceramics Monthly, February 1962.

Cox, David. "Features - Dorothy Bearnson - University of Utah Ceramics Pioneer." Ceramics Monthly 1999.

Kemp, Jane, David Kamm, and Greg Tiburzi. Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at Her Pond Farm Studio, Guerneville, California. Decorah, Iowa: Fine Arts Collection, Luther College, 2003.

 

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The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

 

Typical Marks
after 1975
after 1975
after 1975
after 1975
Coffee and Lunch Service
Date: 1952
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Covered Casserole
Date: 1952
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Platter
Date: 1980
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Weed Vase
Date: 1980-1990
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 7, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/bearnson