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Alfred Blair Clemo

Biography to Display: 

Born Doylestown, Pennsylvania


2003AA Liberal Arts, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho

2006BFA Ceramics, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

2010MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


2006-2008Artist in Residence, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2011Artist in Residence, Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen, China

2012Artist in Residence, the Zentrum für Keramik, Berlin, Germany

2014Artist in Residence, The International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2016Artist in Residence, The Jingdezhen International Studio, Jingdezhen, China

2017Invited Artist Program, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana


2004-2005Production Potter, Wild Rose Pottery, Victor, Montana

2005-2006Production Potter, Kotula Clay, Corvallis, Montana

2010-2014Ceramics Studio Manager, Instructor of Record, Grand Valley State University. Allendale, Michigan

2014—Professor of Craft and Material Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia


Blair Clemo is known for functional pottery and decorative vessels. Clemo is best known for a body of works entitled 'Deco'. These pieces are hand-built using a combination of wheel-thrown elements and press-molded elements.

Many of the press molds used by Clemo show his interest in period architectural ornamentation. Pieces in the Deco series are created using red earthenware or stoneware and are glazed using a manganese-saturated glaze that gives the vessel, on first glance, the appearance of ornate silver work.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred New York

College of Southern Idaho Permanent Collection. Department of Art, Twin Falls, Idaho

Montana Museum of Arts and Culture, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Red Wing Pottery Museum, Red Wing, Minnesota


Bibliography to Display: 

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2006.



Pouring Vessel
Date: ca 2010
Surface Technique: Glaze, Luster
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 23, 2023.