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Annette Corcoran

Biography to Display: 

1930Born, Inglewood, California


1952 BA Anthropology and Decorative Arts, University of California, Berkeley, California

Continuing Education in art and ceramics: Long Beach State University, Cal Poly State University, Saddleback College, College of Marin, all in California


1952-1972 Graphic Designer

1972—Studio artist


After a career as a commercial artist Corcoran began working with clay in 1972. Her career is guided by her fascination with birds along with inspiration from Japanese ceramics and the work of James Audubon. Each of her teapots includes a bird and visual reference material that provides additional understanding of the particular species. She begins each series of 5 to 7 teapots with careful drawings of a particular bird species.  Corcoran hand builds each piece using porcelain they are then bisque-fired.  Large paintings are created and tagged with numbers of glaze techniques.  These paintings are used as her glazing guide when applying the surface designs.  A piece can involve under-glaze, over-glaze and, airbrushing to create a chiaroscuro effect. Corcoran’s decorative techniques incorporate painting and line drawing.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

National Museum of Ceramic Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

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

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Texas

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

World Ceramic Foundation, Inchon, South Korea


Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. The Eccentric Teapot: Four Hundred Years of Invention. New York, NY: Abbeville Publishing Group, 1989.

Corcoran, Annette, Ronald Kuchta and Dorothy Weiss. Annette Corcoran: Birds and Teapots, 1987-1996. San Francisco, CADorothy Weiss Gallery, 1996.

Dietz, Ulysses Grant. Great Pots Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, The Newark Museum.2003.

Lauria, Jo. Color and Fire Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000. Los Angeles, CA: The Los Angeles County Museum, Rizzoli International Publication, 2000.

Lynn, Martha Drexler. Clay Today: Contemporary Ceramists and Their Work: A Catalogue of the Howard and Gwen Laurie Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Cornicle Books, 1990.



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Hummer with White Flowers
Date: 2017
Form: Sculpture, Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: China Paint, Glaze
Photo: Artist
Hummer with Bouquet
Date: 2017
Form: Sculpture, Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: China Paint, Glaze
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified August 4, 2023.