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Lilian Boschen

Biography to Display: 


MFA California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California

Summer Sessions, Mills College, Oakland, California

Seminar, Black Mountain College, Black Mountain, North Carolina


United States Navy

1951-1952First Resident Artist Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

1952Production Potter, Virginia City, Montana


 Lillian Boschen is known for wheel-thrown or slab-built gas-fired functional pottery. Boschen studied with Anthony Prieto at California College of Arts and Crafts.

Boschen, Peter Voulkos, and Rudy Autio’s professional lives overlap at the Archie Bray Studio.  The first Resident Potter and Resident Sculptor, meaning the first two artists invited to work at the Archie Bray Foundation Studio were Voulkos and Autio.  They began working in ceramics before the Pottery studio was built and had space in the brickyard factory before moving into the new Pottery facility. While Voulkos and Autio were finishing graduate school, Lilian Boschen was hired as the first Resident Director of the Bray and would also be the Resident Potter while Voulkos was away.

Boschen served with Frances Senska as a WAVE in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana


Bibliography to Display: 

Held, Peter, ed. A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Sorkin, Jenni. Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2016.



Typical Marks
Date: 1950
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Glaze
Holter Museum of Art,  Helena, Montana, gift of Jeanne and Bill Porter
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, gift of Jeanne and Bill Porter
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 30, 2023.