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Dorothy Hafner

Biography to Display: 

Born 1952 Woodbridge, Connecticut

 

EDUCATION

1974 BA Fine Arts, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

1968 Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts 

1984 Artist Residency, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1977 –1978 Artist Residency, Art Park, Lewiston, New York

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Ceramic Designer

Commissioned work for Tiffany & Co. and Rosenthal of Germany, and studio art

 

BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Hafner is known for slip-cast porcelain dinnerware, glazed with colorful, bold graphic patterns. Although she started as a hand-builder and thrower, she began to work in slip casting in the mid-1980’s to increase production. Designs were often inspired by Japanese fabrics and ceramics, as well as living in fast-paced New York[1]

Hafner trained as a painter and sculptor and eventually became a designer of dishware for major firms such as Tiffany & Co. and Rosenthal of Germany. Her “Flash” dinnerware series for Rosenthal is her most well-known design.

Hafner took a break from her production work in 1991 to travel, write, and paint, then focused on studio art and switched to working on flat glass mosaics. She owned and operated Hafner Creative Space, in Norwalk, Connecticut.           



[1] Dexler Martha Lynn, “Clay Today: Contemporary Ceramicists and their Work,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1990.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Brooklyn Museum, New York City, New York

Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York City, New York

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas

Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Los Angeles County Museum, California

Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada (Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection)

Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, New York

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Berlin, Germany

Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida

Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, Connecticut

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Atkins, Jacqueline M.., Kirkham, Pat. Women Designers in the USA, 1900-2000: Diversity and Difference: Jacqueline M. Atkins ... [et Al.]. United Kingdom: Yale University Press, 2000.

“Dorothy Hafner.” Dorothy Hafner, personal website.  http://www.dorothyhafner.com/index.htm

Hafner, Dorothy. “Tableware: A Ceramics Monthly Portfolio.” Ceramics Monthly, Summer 1982, pg. 49-60.

Drexler Lynn, Martha. “Clay Today: Contemporary Ceramicists and their Work.” Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1990. 

 

Website(s):

http://www.dorothyhafner.com/about_op.htm

Artist's Studio: Hafner Creative Space

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

“Hafner” handwritten, in black, normally with a year, sometimes with a copyright symbol

Hafner
Hafner
1980
1982
1987
1991
Platter
Date: 1980
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Dimensions: 1.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 inches
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.155, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.155, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
1980
Photo: TMP
Woven Vase
Date: 1982
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: TMP
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: TMP
1982
Tiro of Mugs
Date: 1981
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: TMP
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: TMP
1981
Ash Tray
Date: 1987
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
Photo: TMP
E. John Bullard Collection
Photo: TMP
1987
Photo: TMP
Square Platter, Eclipse Series
Date: 1991
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
Photo: TMP
E. John Bullard Collection
Photo: TMP
1991

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified August 21, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/hafner