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Tom Coleman

Biography to Display: 

 

Born 1945 Amarillo Texas

 

EDUCATION 

1968 BFA,  Museum of Art School, Portland, Oregon

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

 

1969-1973 Head of Ceramics, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

1971-1973 Ceramics Instructor, Portland State University, Oregon

1987-1990 Instructor University of Nevada,  Las Vegas, Nevada

1994-2001 Coleman Clay Studios and Gallery, Las Vegas, Nevada

2000-2020 Studio potter, Henderson, Nevada

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

1968-1969 Apprenticeship with studio potter Bill Crietz, Portland, Oregon

 

BIOGRAPHY

Tom Coleman is well known for classic wheel thrown functional porcelain forms. Surface techniques include glazes Coleman perfected over 30-years. He developed “test site” glazes in response to the destruction of the Nevada desert during atomic bomb testing of the mid-20thcentury. Tom Coleman is also known for his long-standing collaboration with fellow ceramicist Frank Boyden. Coleman threw vessels, including bowls and vases, and Boyden drew, carved into andmanipulated the surfaces, often depicting animals such as fish and birds;theses pots weremostly wood fired.

Coleman is married to fellow ceramic artist Elaine Coleman, Together, they own Coleman Clay Studios and Gallery, Henderson, Nevada.

 

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

rosenfieldcollection.com

American Museumof Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, California

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Contemporary Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon

Grimmerhus Museum, Fyn, Denmark

Hallie Ford Museum, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
Kaiser Hospital, Portland, Oregon

Long Beach Art Museum, California

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah

Portland Art Museum, Oregon

Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin

Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

San Angelo Museum of Art, Ttexas

Sapporo Sister City Collection, Japan

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

State of Colorado Permanent Collection, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Timber Press Publishing Company, Portland, Oregon

Wooster College Art Museum, Wooster, Ohio

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Birks, Tony. The Complete Potter’s Companion.  New York: Bulfinch, 1993.

Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman. Pomona, CA: The American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2008.

Coleman, Tom. Glazes I Use. Las Vegas, NV: Coleman Clay Studio,1998.

Coleman, Tom. With A Little Help from My Friends. Las Vegas, NV: Coleman Clay Studio, 2000.

Coleman, Tom. “More Glazes I Use: Glazes, Clays and Ideas.” 2009

Harper, Robin. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Madison, WI: Krause Publications.

Herman, Lloyd. American Porcelain: New Expressions. Smithsonian Institution, Forest Grove, OR: Timber Press, 1981.

 Hopper, Robin.  Stayin’ Alive: Survival Tactics for the Visual Artist. Madison, WI: Krause Publications, 2003.

Lamberton, Daniel and David W. Armstrong. On the River through the Valley of Fire: The Collaborative Ceramics of Frank Boyden and Tom Coleman. Pomona, CA: American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2008.

Lane, Peter. Contemporary Studio Porcelain, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Nance, John. The Mud-Pie Dilemma: A Master Potter’s Struggle To Make Art and Ends Meet, 2nd ed. American Ceramic Society, 2003.

Pearson. Katherine. New American Crafts: A source Book for the Home. New York: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1983.

Peterson, Susan. Smashing Glazes. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2001.  

_____________. The Craft and the Art of Clay, 2nd ed. Overlook Hardcover, 1996.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. 500 Cups, Ceramic Explorations of Utility & Grace. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2005.

 

 

Website(s):

www.tomandelainecolemangallery.com

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1971
ca 1972
Covered Jar
Date: 1971
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 11.25 x 11"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Vase with Bamboo Design
Date: ca 1972
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Dimensions: 14.25"
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Tumbler
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Materials: Porcelain, Mixed Media
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified December 5, 2021. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/coleman-0