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Virginia Cartwright

Biography to Display: 

1943Born Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

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

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

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

Public Collections to Display: 

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

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

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Bibliography

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.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Website: www.cartwrightceramics.com

 

Typical Marks
1980s
1980s
1958-1960
1962-1992
1970-1977
1978-1992
Bowl
Date: 1980s
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Jar
Date: 1980s
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified October 30, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/cartwright