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Victoria Christen

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

1981BS Education, K-12 Certification, Composite Art Major, Valley City State College, Valley City, North Dakota

1985MFA Studio Arts, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

RESIDENCIES

1997Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2009Summer Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1987–1995Instructor, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

1998—Studio Artist

1999Guest Instructor, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, Oregon

2003—Adjunct Instructor, University of Portland, Portland Oregon

2004Instructor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

2005Instructor, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska

2011-2012Visiting Assistant Professor, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

 

Victoria Christen is known for altered wheel-thrown earthenware and porcelain functional pottery forms. Influenced by a family lineage of seamstresses, machinists, and folk artists, after throwing Christen forms are cut, folded and joined into a new final form.  

Best known for her work with iron-rich earthenware, Christen uses a variety of surface techniques. Light colored slips or underglazes are applied to pre-fired clay followed with bright colored underglazes.  A Sgraffito like technique is used to mark through glaze layers. A black hand-drawn line is used to accentuate color areas.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Basilica of St. Mary’s, Objects of Devotions Collection of Contemporary Religious Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

First Bank Minneapolis, First Bank Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois

Macalester College Permanent Collection, St. Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society Permanent Collection, St. Paul, Minnesota

rosenfieldcollection.com

University Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Berman, Rick, “Victoria Christen.” Clay Times (November 2000).

Christen, Victoria. “Working Potters: Victoria Christen,” Ceramics Monthly (May 20, 2010), http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-art-and-artists/ceramic-artists/working-potters-victoria-christen/.

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

Kantar, John. “Clay in the Inner City High School.” NCECA Journal 16 (1995).

Kantor, John, “Northern Stars; Women Potters from Canada and Minnesota.” Ceramics Monthly (January 1996).

Mansfield, Janet. “Review: NCECA Clay National.” NCECA Journal 16 (1995).

Padgett, Deborah, “Up Front.” Ceramics Monthly (March 1995).

Staley, Chris and Chris Gustin. The Best of Pottery Volume 2. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998. 

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Expression of a Timeless Design. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2002.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Artist

Website(s):

www.victoriachristen.com

 

Typical Marks
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Plate
Form: Plate
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
therosenfieldcollection.com
therosenfieldcollection.com
Mug
Form: Mug
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Teapot
Form: Teapot
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Mug
Form: Mug
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Sgraffito
Steve Franklin Collection
Photo: TMP
Steve Franklin Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified January 29, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/christen