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Nancy Carman

Biography to Display: 

1950Born Tucson, Arizona

EDUCATION

Coursework, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

1972BA University of California Davis, Davis, California

1976 MFA University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1976—Studio Artist

 

Nancy Carman is known for Surrealistic figurative hand-built sculptures and tiles using low fired clays. Surfaces vary from highly finished sculptures including a simplified asexual human and graphic element and earlier faceted unglazed objects. The figures that appear in Carman's work often appears stark and lacking gender identification. Surfaces are developed using various glazing techniques. Often Carmen’s compositions are narrative.

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Gunter, Veronika Alice. 500 Figures in ClayCeramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing, 2004.

Bell, Michael S. “Nancy Carman: A Catalog.” Philadelphia, PA: Helen Druitt Gallery, 1985.

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics 1876 to the Present. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1987.

Heller, Jules, and Nancy G. Heller. North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. New York, NY: Routledge Press, 1997.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the Present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

 

 

 

Typical Marks
1994
Self Portrait
Date: ca 1970s
Form: Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Fertile Signs
Date: 1994
Form: Tile
Method: Slab Built
Dimensions: 11.5 x 11.5"
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 103, November 12, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 103, November 12, 2016
Turtle Star Wars
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Carved, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Kottler Effigy
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 24, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/carman