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David Furman

Biography to Display: 

1945Born Seattle, Washington


1969BA University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon

1972MFA University of Washington, Seattle, Washington


1973-2007Professor of Art, Pitzer College, Claremont, California

1975Visiting Professor of Art, Otis Parsons School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

1976Visiting Professor of Art, California State University, Los Angeles, California

1976,78-80Visiting Professor, Colorado Mountain College, Vail, Colorado

1979Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru

1990Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

1990Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica

2000Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru

2007Visiting Artist Professor, Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Tegucigalpa, Honduras


David Furman is best known for porcelain hand formed Trompe-l'œil still lives. He often worked in series based on common objects exploring the possibilities of a theme, for instance, a drafting pad with pencil marks, pink circular eraser and yellow led pencil or plates of crackers and cheese.

Furman has also created a series of figurative sculptures based on wooden figure drawing models. In addition, he made a series of miniature environments based on rooms in his home during 1973-1974. The Contemporary Archaeology series produced in 1985 is focused on miniature collapsed brick structures.

In 1987 he created an installation with A F Caldiero, a poet and sound alchemist. The piece was called Lost and Found: An Archeological Composition and was shown at the Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.


Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, (AMOCA), Pomona, California

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, Arizona

Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Brand Library and Art Center, Los Angeles, California

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea

Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum, Jingdezhen, China

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Marietta College Art Museum, Marietta, Ohio

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington

Palomar College, El Cajon, California

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, Texas

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California

United States Embassy, Lima, Peru

United States Embassy, San Jose, Costa Rica

University of Washington Museum of Art, Seattle, Washington

World Ceramic Art Museum, Jingdezhen, China

Yixing Int’l Ceramics Museum, Yixing, China


Bibliography to Display: 

Brody, Harvey. The Book of Low Fire Ceramics. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1979.

“Ceramic Sculptures of David Furman.” Craft Horizons 36, no. 6 (December 1976).

Clark, Garth. The Book of Cups. Mountain View, CA: World Publications, 1999.

“Collaborative Sculptures of David Furman and Ed Forde.” Craft Horizons 25, no. 5 (August 1977).

“David Furman: Biographical Narrative Sculptures”, catalogue. Los Angeles, CA: David Stuart Gallery, 1974.

Donhauser, Paul. The History of American Ceramics. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt, 1978.

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed Exploration of a Form. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2000.

Harrington, Lamar. History of Northwest Ceramics. University of Washington Press, 1979.

Lauria, Jo. Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2000.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms 1607 to the Present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

Mathieu, Paul. Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics. London, England: A & C Black, 2003.

Nelson, Glen C. Ceramics, A Potters Handbook. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1978.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. London, England: Calmann & King LTD, 2000.

Sweet, Marvin. The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar. Beijing, China: Foreign Language Press, 2006.

The Galleries, “David Furman at the Anhalt Gallery.” Los Angeles Times, May 23, 1980.

“The Miniature Environments of David Furman.” Ceramics Monthly 22, no. 1 (1974).

Zakin, Richard. Electric Kiln Ceramics A Guide to Clays and Glazes. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2015.


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Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California



Typical Marks

Ceramic sculpture ca. 1973 signed Furman, ceramic pottery signed with DF monogram ca. 1973.

Cup and Saucer
Date: 1993
Form: Sculpture
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #77
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #77
Hon, That's a Great Cup of Coffee
Date: 1997
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Stain
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Cup and Saucer with Erasers
Date: 2014
Form: Sculpture
Method: Cast (Ceramic, underglaze, glaze, luster, enamel.)
Surface Technique: Luster, Underglaze
Courtesy Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Ceramic Art
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #76
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Collection, April 16, 2016, lot #76
Photo: TMP

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified June 10, 2023.