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Oscar Bucher

Biography to Display: 

1931 Born


1962-1963 Artist-in-Residence, Craft Center, Santa Barbara, California


1960—Studio Potter

1975 Established Ceramic and Glassblowing Programs, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California

1975-1996 Chair, Ceramics Department, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California


Oscar Bucher is known for stoneware or porcelain wheel thrown vessels, often very large scale. Some pieces have lids incorporating translucent agate attachments.

Oscar Bucher was raised in Switzerland and originally trained as an accountant. He later received ceramic training at the former Eidgenossische Keramische Fachschule, in Bern, Switzerland.

His influences include Gertrude and Otto Natzler, Hans Coper, and contemporary Scandinavian pottery. Glazes of Asian origin, such as celadon, oxblood, Shino and Chun, inform his surface treatment.


Bibliography to Display: 

Conrad, John. Contemporary Ceramic Techniques. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers, 1979.

Faulkner, Ray Nelson. Art Today: An Introduction to the Visual Arts. San Diego, CA: 1986.

Priolo, Joan and Anthony Priolo. Ceramics by Coil and Slab. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 1979.

___________________________. Ceramics by Slab.  New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 1973.




Typical Marks

As of May 2017 the known marks included full name, “Oscar Bucher,” or first initial with last name, printed or in script, scratched into base of pot, or in black ink. Some pots have the two words in an inverted “v,” mountain-shaped.

ca 1970
Weed Pot
Date: ca 1970
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Date: 1980-1990
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 1, 2023.