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Virginia Cartwright

Biography to Display: 

1943Born Los Angeles, California


BA California State University, Long Beach, California

MFA School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

Kyoto Fine Arts University, Kyoto, Japan

Pond Farm, Guerneville, California

Haystack Mountain Craft School. Deer Isle, Maine


Kyoto Fine Arts University, Kyoto, Japan

1969-1970Otis Art College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

1975-1980Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California

1982-1986El Camino College, Torrance, California

1983-1991Glendale College, Glendale, California

1988California State University, Los Angeles, California

1988-1991Harvard-Westlake School, Chair Art Department, Los Angeles, California


 Virginia Cartwright is known in her early career for wheel-thrown pieces but after 4 years she began to hand and slab-build thin walled functional pieces. Surfaces are left unglazed or are finished with deeply carved and slip-trailed surface techniques. Cartwright has also worked with colored clay that she creates by sifting dry colored clay onto a moist slab, then carving the surface and stretching the clay before forming the final object.

In addition to ceramic works, Cartwright produces digital prints she calls Kaleidoscope Images. Plants and glass shards are used to create the content of the images.

Cartwright studied with Franz Wildenhain at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Public Collections to Display: 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC


Bibliography to Display: 

“Art Quest.” Ceramics Monthly (February 1986).

Flight, Graham. Introduction to Ceramics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice -Hall, 1989.

Lane, Peter. Ceramic Form. New York, NY: Rizzoli, 1988.

_________. Studio Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton & Co., 1983.

“Portfolio.” American Craft (April/May 1984).

“Teapots.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1986).

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics: Mastering the Craft. Radnor, PA: Chilton & Co., 1990.




Typical Marks
Date: 1980-1990
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab-Built, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Covered Jar
Date: 1980-1990
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Date: ca 1985
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2016.7.36
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2016.7.36
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified August 4, 2023.