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Roberta Jean Griffith

Biography to Display: 

1937 Born Hillsdale, Michigan


1960 BFA Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, California

1962 MFA Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois


1962-1964 Fulbright Grant, Barcelona, Spain, work with Josep Llorens Artigas, research folk ceramics


1964 Drawing Instructor, the American School, Barcelona, Spain

1965-1966Ceramic Designer, Design Technics, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

1966-1972Assistant Professor of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

1972-1975 Associate Professor of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

1973 Chairman, Art Department, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

1975-2008Professor of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

1979-2008Arkell Hall Foundation Endowed Chair of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York

2008Professor Emerita of Art, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York


Roberta Griffith is best known for small and large ceramic installations, both thrown and hand built ceramic sculptures fired at both low and high temperatures. The latter are made in series, many based on variations of a form incorporating wheel thrown shapes, hand formed bisque molds, or plaster press molds.

Since the 1970's the majority of Griffith’s series and installations have been evocative of her associations of places and their cultural manifestations, with an underlying theme reflecting mortality, universal shortcomings, and both natural and man-made disasters.

Griffith first studied ceramics with J.T. Abernathy and Marie Woo at the University of Michigan and later with Vivika and Otto Heino at Chouinard. Nicholas Vergett was her Master of Fine Art advisor. Griffith was a Fulbright Grant scholar (1962-1964) in Spain, mentored by ceramist Josep Llorens Artigas at L'Escola Massana School of Art and Design in Barcelona. This was during the height of the Artigas and Juan Miro ceramic collaboration. Upon return to the USA (1965), Griffith worked as ceramic designer at Design Tecnics in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania where she learned production techniques for hand crafted objects.

Griffith joined the faculty at Hartwick College in 1966. She was named chairman of the Department of Art in 1973. In 1979 she was named permanently to the Arkell Hall Foundation Endowed Chair Professor of Art.  Griffith taught both ceramics and painting at Hartwick for 42 years when she retired from teaching as Professor Emerita in Art in 2008. She maintains studios in Otego, New York and Princeville, Kauai, Hawai'i. She has been North American correspondent to Revista Cerámica, Madrid, Spain since 1975.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

East Stroudsburg State University Gallery, East Stroudsburg, PA.

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

First Albany Corporation, Albany, New York

Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Instituto de Estudios Norte-Americanos Gallery, Barcelona, Spain.

LaGrange Art Museum/Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Georgia

L'Escola Massana School of Art and Design, Barcelona, Spain

Museù de Cerámica, Barcelona, Spain

Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute Museum, Utica, New York

Museum of International Ceramic Art, Grimmerhus, Denmark

Roberson Museum and Science Center, Binghamton, New York

University Art Gallery, State University of New York, Albany, New York

University of Michigan School of Art Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Southern Illinois Art Museum Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois

Yager Museum of Art and Culture, Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York


Bibliography to Display: 

"A Sense of Place: Roberta Griffith." Cerámica no. 78 (2001).

Artigas, Josep Lloréns, Luis Maria Güell, and José Vallés Rovira. Roberta Griffith. Sala del Prado del Ateneo. Madrid, Spain: Publicaciones Españolas. Cuadernos de Arte, .March 1964.

Barrett, W. J. Craftsmen USA 66. New York, NY: Museum of Contemporary Crafts, June-September 1966.

Bremer, Charles and Martha Bremer. The Adobe Series, Earthworks. Otego, NY: Martha & Charles Bremer Farm & Galleries, September 1997.

Brown, Glen R. and R. Glowen. Roberta Griffith: Beyond the Physical: Substance, Space & Light.  Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina Galleries, March 2001.

Brown, Perry B, G. Kreisher and K. Stahler. Roberta Griffith: A Retrospective, Otego, NY: Artworks Publications,                                  2003.

Campbell, David R. Young Americans 1962. New York, NY: Museum of Contemporary Crafts,

     May-September 1962.

Corredor Matheos, José. Ceramistas de la Escuela Massana [L'Escola Massana]. Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Barcelona. Barcelona, Spain. 1976.

D'Ambrosio, Anna, Bryan McGrath and Mary E. Murray. Crafts in the '90s: Challenges and Traditions the 55th Annual Exhibition of Central New York Artists. Utica, NY: Museum of Art,

     Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. March-May 1993.

De Waal, Edmund. Design Sourcebook Ceramics. London, England: New Holland Publishers Ltd., 2000.

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Fairbanks, Jonathan and Angela Fina. The Best of Pottery. Rockport, MA: Quarry Books, 1996. "Forms Invitational, Fiber-Clay-Metal." Exhibitions Craft Horizons (November 1972).

"Forms Invitational, Fiber-Clay-Metal." Exhibitions Craft Horizons (November 1972).

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Griffith, Roberta. Roberta Griffith Installations 1988-1998. Roxbury, NY: Dzign Associates, 1999.

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     November 1963.

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Source: College Archives, New York State College of Ceramics



Typical Marks
OK, Clay Ball
Date: 1988
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Ceramic
Method: Mixed Methods, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Transfer or Decal Decorated
Haramachi Revisited
Date: 1992
Form: Sculpture
Stoneware Pinch Pot
Date: 2010
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Pinched
Surface Technique: Glaze
Naked Raku Pinch Pot
Date: 2012
Method: Pinched
Surface Technique: Raku
Raku Iridescent Bottle
Date: 2013
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Form: Sculpture

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 5, 2023.