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Chris Gustin

Biography to Display: 

1952Born Chicago, Illinois

EDUCATION

1975BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri

1977MFA New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1970-1972 Family’s commercial ceramic factory. One semester at University of California, Irvine, where he took a course with John Mason

1978-1980 Instructor, Crafts Department, New York, New York

1980-1985 Assistant Professor, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts1985-1988 Associate Professor of Design, Swain School of Design, New Bedford, Massachusetts

1988-1998 Associate Professor of Design, Ceramics, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

1996—Gustin Ceramics Tile Production LLC, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 

Chris Gustin began his career working in his family’s commercial ceramic factory, an experience that was instrumental in his decision to become a studio potter. He began his studio work making functional domestic ware. He is most well-known for his thrown or coil-built and altered pots that reference the functional vessel. The functional forms become the jumping off place for his abstract forms. Scale is important to Gustin’s work ranging from tea bowls to large architectural vessel sculptures. Beginning in 1995 his work was fired in a wood-fueled Anagama kiln, which accounts for the luminous glazes seen on his work. In 1986 Gustin was a co-founder of Watershed Center for the Arts, North Edgecombe, Maine.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Arizona State University Art Museum, Ceramic Research Center, Tempe, Arizona

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire

Daum Museum of Art, Sedalia, Missouri

DePauw Museum of Art, Greencastle, Indiana

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Newman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Museo do Azulejo, Lisbon, Portugal

Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, California

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art; Logan, Utah

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

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

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

San Angelo Museum of the Arts, San Angelo, Texas

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona

Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

Shiwan Treasure Pottery Museum, Peoples Republic of China

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Weber State College, Ogden, Utah

Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Glen R., “Chris Gustin–Inverting Perception,” Ceramics Art and Perception 44 (2001).

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics, 1876 to the Present. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1988.

__________. The Book of Cups. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1990.

__________ and Oliver Watson. American Potters Today. London, England: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1986.

Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics. London, England: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

Doran, Pat, "Ceramicist Chris Gustin,” Art New England (April/May 1994).

Dormer, Peter. The New Ceramics: Trends and Traditions. New York, NY: Thames and Hudson, 1987.

Everson Museum of Art.  American Ceramics Now. Syracuse, NY: Salina Press, 1987.

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed. Madison, WI: Guild Publishing, 2000.

Gustin, Christopher. “The Embodiment of Form,” Studio Potter Magazine (Winter/Spring 2009).

_________________ and Angela Fina.  The Best of Pottery 2. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998.

Laurie, Jo. Color/Fire: Defining Moments of Contemporary Ceramics, 1950-2000. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Rizzoli International, 2000.

Mathieu, Paul. Sex Pots: Eroticism in Ceramics. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2003.

Perry, Dr. Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of Everson Museum of Art. Syracuse. NY: Everson Museum of Art, 1989.

Peterson, Susan.  Contemporary Ceramics. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2000.

Rice, L. Robin, Review of exhibition, American Ceramics Magazine 2 (1996).

Ruescher, Scott, “Anagama Firings at Chris Gustin’s,” Ceramic Monthly Magazine (October 2003).

Smith, Paul. Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical. London, England; Weidenfeld & Nicolson Press, 1986.

 

Website: http://www.gustinceramics.com/

Artist's Studio: Gustin Ceramics LLC

 

Typical Marks
1986
1986
1990s
2014
2014
Untitled (Large Black Vessel)
Date: 1986
Hieronymus
Hieronymus
Tall Vessel
Date: ca 1986
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Footed Ceramic Jar
Date: 1990s
Form: Vessel
Hieronymus
Hieronymus
Monumental Vase
Date: 2014
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
"Lineage the Art of Mentorship," Clay Art Center, September 2014, Port Chester, New York
Photo: Loren Maron
"Lineage the Art of Mentorship," Clay Art Center, September 2014, Port Chester, New York
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: ca 2014
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vessel
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Show & Sale, The Art School at Old Church Pottery Invitational, 2014, Demerest, New Jersey
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
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Serving Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
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Cup
Form: Cup
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
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Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 3, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/gustin