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William Brouillard, Bill Brouillard

Biography to Display: 

Born Madison, Wisconsin

EDUCATION

1969 BA, State University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin

1973 Post Baccalaureate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1976 MFA, Ceramic Art, New York State School of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1976-1978 Resident Craftsman, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1978-1979 Instructor, Ceramics, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee Studio Potter, Cleveland, Ohio

1980— Professor of Art, Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

 

William Brouillard’s work references the 16th‒century Italian maiolica tradition of vibrant colored and decorated earthenware pottery. Brouillard replaces historical patterns with objects reduced to pattern. Images of turn of the century technology (the Machine Age) and the old steel making district in Cleveland, Ohio are personal favorites.

One form used repeatedly by Brouillard is the platter. Frequently infused with humor, the platters that are large scale giving them a sense of overblown importance, are meant to be viewed from a distance, to be hung on wall or used on table.  Brouillard follows the traditions of the Palace Art Pots made to demonstrate wealth and power, to tell a story, commemorate an event or a person; the Fish Platters a staple of the Neo Arts and Crafts Movement of the 1950s and 60s; and the one-line visual and verbal Pun, Platters of the ceramic Funk Movement.

The clay body, a red earthenware, is heavily potted and makes no secrete of its variations and flaws. The glaze work is in the Majolica style and is done very much like a watercolor on soft paper. The pots are fired twice. They are bisqued to cone 05 and glazed to cone 04. Some may have an additional firing to Cone 018 for low temperature luster and enamels. They are fired in an oxidizing atmosphere using an electric kiln.

Brouillard first worked and studied clay with John Perri at the State University of Wisconsin.  And after serving in armed forces studed with Don Reitz at the University of Wisconsin.  works at Brouillard Studio and teaches at the Cleveland institute of Art.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA), Pomona, California

Ceramics Monthly, Columbus, Ohio

The Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Ohio

Crocker Museum, Sacramento, California

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Kaiser Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio

Nara National Museum, Nara, Japan

Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ohio Designer Craftsman, Columbus, Ohio

rosenfieldcollection.com

Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, Japan

University Hospitals of Cleveland, Lerner Tower, Cleveland, Ohio

University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Brouillard, William, and OthersUseful Pottery: Eight Artists.  November 22, 1985-January 4, 1986.

Bole,  Mary Jo, George Bowes, William Brouillard, Steven Parker Bradford, and Charles McWeeny. Explorations in Clay.  Akron, Ohio: Akron Art Museum, 1996.

 

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Source: Artist

Artist's Studio: Brouillard Clay Studio

 

Typical Marks
ca. 1978
2016
2016
Double Lidded Jar
Date: ca. 1978
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Blue Slipware Platter
Date: 2016
Form: Platter
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Steam Punk Fish Platter
Date: 2016
Form: Platter
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Majolica/Mailocia
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Cup and Saucer
Form: Cup and Saucer
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Plate
Form: Plate
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Everybodys Got the Lightening
Form: Platter
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Majolica/Mailocia
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 5, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/brouillard