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Alex Combs, Alex Duff Combs

Biography to Display: 

Born 1919  Hazard, Kentucky

Died 2008  Halibut Cove, Alaska



1952 MFA Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



1942-1945 Deep Sea Salvage Diver, US Navy, Italy

 1952-1955 Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 1955 Potter, Anchorage, Alaska 

 1956 – 1962 Superintendent of Art, Anchorage Public School Districts, Anchorage,Alaska

 1962-1979 Professor, Anchorage Community College, Anchorage,  Allaska



 Alex Duff Combs is known as a potter who worked in stoneware, as well as a painter and a designer.  Combs worked in an abstract expressionist style and is credited with introducing some concepts of modern and conteporary art in Alaska.

In 1975, Combs designed a concrete frieze for an addition to the Anchorage Art Museum which consisted of 40 panels, each weighing several tons[1]

The Alex Combs Award created in his honor is given every year to an Alaskan artist.


“Museum Historical Timeline.” Anchorage Museum, accessed June 22, 2021.



Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, Alaska



Bibliography to Display: 

Dunham, Mike and Debra McKinney. “Alex Duff Combs Brought Alaska Modern Art.” Annette Potter Family Genealogy: Potter Family, May 24, 2008.




Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
ca 1980-1989
Date: ca 1980-1989
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.90
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.90
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 23, 2023.