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Paul Bogatay

Biography to Display: 

1905Born Ava, Ohio

1972Died Hyannis, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

1928Decorative Design, Cleveland School of Art (Cleveland Institute of Art), Cleveland, Ohio

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1927-1928Studied with Arthur E. Baggs, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1930-1932Rockefeller Foundation Fellow

1955-1956Fulbright Fellow, Study of Mingei, Japan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1929-1930Ceramic Designer, Cowan Pottery, Rocky River, Ohio

1930-1934Ceramic Designer, Arthur Baggs Studio, Marblehead Potteries, Marblehead, Massachusetts (summers)

1934-1972Bogatay Ceramic Studio, Columbus, Ohio

1934-1939Temporary Assistant Instructor in Design, Ohio State University

1935Ceramic Designer, Robinson-Ransbottom Pottery, Company, Roseville, Ohio

1935-1938Designer, Ford Ceramic Arts, Inc., Columbus, Ohio

1940-1970Instructor and Professor of Design and Ceramics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

 

Paul Bogatay is known primarily for animal sculptural forms and for his dinnerware designs. Early in his career, Bogatay formed part of a group of artists using ceramics as a serious sculptural medium. In his sculpture, Bogatay emphasized the natural beauty of clay.

In the late 1920s, Bogartay studied with Arthur E. Baggs at the Ohio State University. Later, in the early 1930s, Bogatay was selected as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow to design dinnerware prototypes to be made available, at no cost, to manufacturers to mass-produce inexpensive well-designed dinnerware for everyday use in the American home. Due to the great depression, production was limited, however, this work influenced many subsequent dinnerware designs in America.  During the period of his Rockefeller Fellowship, Bogatay was supervised by Richard F. Bach of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and by his mentor and teacher Baggs.

Bogatay’s work along with that of Baggs represents a transition both from commercial art potteries and American Art Pottery to American Studio Pottery and Ceramics. For over three decades, Bogatay taught ceramics and design at Ohio State University.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Ball State University Art Gallery, Muncie, Indiana

The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas

Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bassett, Mark, and Victoria Naumann. Cowan Pottery and Cleveland School. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1997.

Exhibition of Contemporary American Ceramics. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1937.

Lestock, Carol. Rocky River, Ohio (OH) (Images of America). Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics, 1607 to the Present. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1988.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. Englewood Cliffs, N. J.: Prentice Hall, 1992.

Folk, Thomas. “The Art of Paul Bogatay.” Ceramics Monthly 39 (June/August 1991).

Murphy, James L. “Ford Ceramic Arts, Columbus, Ohio.” The Journal of the American Art Pottery Association 14 no. 2 (1998).

“Obituary.” Ceramics Monthly 20 (May 1972).

“Portrait.” Design (Indianapolis, Ind.) 38 (November 1936).

“Robineau Memorial Ceramic Exhibition Prize Winners.” American Ceramic Society Bulletin 15 (November 1936).

“Tableware Design Research at Ohio State University.” Journal of the American Ceramic Society 13 (December 1930).

Peeler, Marj, and Richard Peeler. “Potters of US and Japan.” DVD

 

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Source: The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

 

Typical Marks
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Small Leopard
Date: 1931
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Hawk
Date: 1967-1969
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Gorilla
Date: 1971
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Vessel
Method: Hand Built
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

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