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Robert Briscoe

Biography to Display: 

1947 Born Kansas City, Kansas


BS Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas


1967–1968 Apprenticeship, James Vandergriff, Zarah, Kansas

1969 Apprenticeship, Wynne Studios, Colorado Springs, Colorado

1970 Apprenticeship, The Gallery Studio, Fort Collins, Colorado

2001 McKnight Artist Fellowship, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2007 McKnight Artist Fellowship, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota


1970—Studio Potter

2000–2007 Ceramics Instructor, Edina Arts Center, Edina, Minnesota


Robert Briscoe is known as a functional stoneware potter. Signature forms include covered jars and flat-sided bowls, tall vases and baskets. Briscoe strives for a sense of plasticity in the finished state. His work is marked by a minimalist approach to form with rough surfaces and dry glazes. 

Using softer-than-average stoneware clay, his work begins on the potter's wheel. After developing thrown forms, Briscoe moves his wares through a series of alterations during the drying process. Briscoe often begins by changing the shape of the wheel-thrown piece in the wet stage. Typical off-wheel alterations include, paddling, denting and bending the walls of pieces using basic boards. Another staple of Briscoe’s work is the use of a ribbon tool for his vertical fluting patterns.

Briscoe is focused on earth toned ash glazes which develop subtlety and nuance and finished surfaces often of cracked and marred whites. In conjunction with colored slip application, ash glazes, round out Briscoe’s aesthetic.

In addition to his personal creations, Briscoe is a steward of the ceramics field. He is an avid supporter and founding member of the annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Festival, and has participated in regional arts advocacy initiatives throughout his career.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona  

Bindley Collection Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin 

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Margaret Harlow Collection, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota                                                               

Minnesota State Historical Society Museum, St. Paul, Minnesota   

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin  

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC


Bibliography to Display: 

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.

“Studio Visit: Robert Briscoe, Stark, Minnesota,” Ceramics Monthly, September 9, 2015.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Bowls: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2003.


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Source: Artist

Artist's Studio: Robert Briscoe Pottery


Typical Marks
ca 2000
Sack Vase
Date: ca 2000
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Ash Glaze, Slip
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Large Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

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