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Sascha Brastoff, Samuel Brostofsky

Biography to Display: 

1918 Born Cleveland, Ohio

1993 Died

EDUCATION

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1939 Member Clay Club, New York City, New York

1942-1945 United States Army Air Force

1947-1962 Ateliers, Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, California

1962-1984 Studio ceramic and mixed media artist

 

Sascha Brastoff was a ceramist known for designing and producing a wide range of porcelain functional and sculptural ceramic forms. From 1947 to 1962 Brastoff developed an atelier of artists to produce his designs of intricately hand decorated tableware and home decor items. Sgraffito and gold lusters were among the numerous decorative techniques used. Multiple firings were often needed to produce each item.

In 1947 Winthrop P. Rockefeller backed Brastoff in his first California atelier focused on the design and production of high-quality porcelain dinnerware and decorative ceramics. Brastoff had 3 business locations in the Los Angeles area. The first was in a small Quonset hut in West Los Angeles and the last was a state-of-the-art studio/factory which opened in 1953. At its height, Brastoff’s designs were produced by up to 100 staff artists, production assistants, and administrative personnel. In 1962 Brastoff returned to the life of a solo studio artist concentrating on enamelwork, oil painting, and drawing. By 1984, poor health caused Brastoff to cease working.

After Brastoff’s return to his solo-studio practice in 1962, the factory was moved to Hawthorne, California where it was active from 1963-1973.

Note: In addition to the ceramics career outlined above, Brastoff had trained as a ballet dancer and was an actor, metal sculptor, and jeweler.

Assistance provided by Steve Conti.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York

 

Bibliography

 

 

Typical Marks

Sascha Brastoff's earliest sketches and ceramics are signed "Sascha". In 1947 (while working solo) he started to sign his name "Sascha B.” This signature went on to be signed by staff members. As a general rule, anything signed “Sascha B.” is most likely signed by a staffer. All original design pieces are signed “Sascha Brastoff”. In late 1953, Brastoff added a back stamp to the underside of each piece. This is a rooster under which is seen a stylized cursive or script "Sascha Brastoff" and below that in all caps the block letter denotation, CALIFORNIA U.S.A. ©. Items produced after Brastoff left the factory in 1962, are signed with ® indicating registered trademark.

1953-1962
1953-1962
ca 1960
ca 1947
Fish Monster Canape Tray
Date: ca 1948
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Harper Pottery, 13th Ceramic National
Photo: TMP
Everson Museum of Art, gift of Harper Pottery, 13th Ceramic National
Star Steed Bowl
Date: 1953-1962
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Gilding, Stencil
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Porringer
Date: ca 1947
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
Photo: S A Conti
Photo: S A Conti
Photo: S A Conti
Plate
Date: ca 1960
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: S A Conti
Photo: S A Conti
Photo: S A Conti

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 27, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/brastoff