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Robert Carlson

Biography to Display: 

Born 1951 Chicago, Illinois

Died 2008 Hannibal, Missouri

 

EDUCATION

Tarkio College, Tarkio, Missouri

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Teacher

Potter

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Carlson is known for wheel-thrown vessels finished with experimental surface techniques, such as gold leaf, matte copper, and post-firing application of enamel paints or Prismacolor. Some work is pit fired. 

Carlson started working in his father’s graphic design business at a young age. In college he studied ceramics with Paul Soldner, Fred Olson, Don Reitz, Bill Farrell, Rick Berman, Jerry Chappelle[1].

Carlson is considered to be an early figure in the American Fine Craft movement. He served as president of the Highland Rim chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists.  In 1999 Carlson was Tennessee Art Commission Artist of the Year.

 

 


[1]“Obituary: Robert Edward Carlson,” Tribute Archive: James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Mar. 28, 2008, https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/430186/Robert-Edward-Carlson

 

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

 Fairbanks, Jonathan and Angela Fina. Best of Pottery. Boston, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1996.

Gamble, Harriet. “Finding Your Own Voice: An Interview with Marilee Hall.” Arts and Activities, Vol. 119, March 1996.

Lang, Arnauld. “New & Retrospect: Robert Carlson.” Ceramics Monthly. April 1990, p.68.             https://ceramicartsnetwork.org/wpcontent/uploads/sites/6/2015/06/Ceramics_Monthly_apr90_cei0490d.pdf

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

 Inscribed “Carlson” in cursive, with a year attached.

1983
Jar
Date: 1983
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.361, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.361, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Courtesy Treadway-Toomey Auctions
Courtesy Treadway-Toomey Auctions

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 21, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/carlson-0