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Eddie Dominguez

Biography to Display: 

1957 Born Tucumcari, New Mexico


1981 BFA Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1983 MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


1983—Studio artist

1998—Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska


Eddie Dominguez is known for work based on the ordinary things of daily life infused with his point of view: references to his ethnicity, political and social commentary and gender issues. Functionality is not important although many of the objects he makes are in the form of functional objects. Often dinnerware sets are stacked or arranged to create flower gardens, aquariums or in cupboards. All of Dominguez's work is characterized by deeply saturated color.

Dominguez went to art school to be a painter and a sculptor. An independent study program in painting led him to Peters Valley Crafts Center. Impressed by the community nature of the clay world he gradually moved from painting to working with clay. In graduate school at Alfred he studied with Wayne Higby and Tony Hepburn. An early interest in holidays, especially Christmas, helped him see the ways things can be transformed and appear differently from day to day.

An interest in the figure has been present throughout his career. He has created a number of highly decorated, brightly glazed, wall-hung torsos. Religious imagery, especially the rosary, has shown up in his work.

Although often thought of as a clay artist Dominguez never saw himself as only a clay artist, demonstrated by the range of the materials he has used in his work.

An interview with Eddie Dominguez conducted on July 27, 28 and August 1, 2006, by Stephen Fleming, for the Archives of American Art’s Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at


Public Collections to Display: 

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, Arizona

Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, New York

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Phoenix Airport, Phoenix, Arizona

Sheldon Art Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.


CV or RESUME: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

CV or RESUME: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archives, University of Southern California


Typical Marks
Cups as a Totem Pole
Date: 1984
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, Scripps  College, 86.1.2
Photo: TMP
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer Collection, Scripps College, 86.1.2
Photo: 1984
Bird Pitcher
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab-Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Partick Doust Collection
Partick Doust Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 16, 2023.