The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
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1944 Born New York, New York
1966 BS Art Education, State University of New York, New Paltz, New York
1971 MFA Ceramics, School for the American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
2008 Honorary Ph.D. Taiwan National University of the Arts, Taiwan
PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE
1966-1968 Teacher, Junior High School, Newburgh, New York
1972-1974 Ceramic Master, Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
1975-1985 Associate Professor of Ceramics, Program in Artisanry, Boston University- Franklin Institute Projects, Boston, Massachusetts
1987-2014 Professor Emeritus, School for American Crafts, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
Richard Hirsch’s work traces the evolution of the vessel through explorations of vessel forms from various cultural traditions. These range from ancient Chinese bronze tripod vessels to wares used in the the16th-century Japanese tea ceremony, to Pre-Columbian clay vessels and contemporary ceramics such as the modernist sculptures of Constantin Brancusi.
Hirsch’s works are typically made using earthenware to which he adds talc and spodumene. The complex colors seen on his pieces are the result of the application of multiple layers of slips and glazes. A piece is often fired between the layers. Finally, each piece is finished in a raku firing, a technique Hirsch developed to create the surface patina seen on ancient ceramic wares.
Beginning in the 1990s, Hirsch’s works became larger, incorporating multiple sections and forms including blades, mallets, and mortar and pestle. Hirsch also began to incorporate forged iron, glass, and other mixed-media elements in his stacked and arranged series of vessels during this period.
For three decades Hirsch managed to balance a career in the studio with one in the classroom. He was a sought-after teacher wherever he taught until his retirement in 2014. His students include: Rau Chen, Ching-Yuan Chang, Kendra J. Conn, Kelli Damron, Andrew Denney, E. Blaise DePaolo, Lisa Tully Debble, Jeremiah Donovan, Moi Dugan, D. Leslie Ferst, Rod Guyer, Abby Huntoon, Ho-Jeong Jeong, Do-Sik Kang, Jeff Kell, Christopher Kelly, Ray Liao, Leigh Taylor Mickelson, Jill Oberman, Toshio Ohi, Erin O’Sullivan, Scott Place, Chloe Rizzo, Paul Sacaridiz, Preston Saunders, Ellen Schön, Tracy Shell, Marvin Sweet, Trevor Tait, Julie Terestman, Charles Washburn, James R. White, Robin Whiteman, Bruce M. Winn, Bok-Ja Won, Graham Yeager, Hyuejin You.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida
Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
China Art Academy Museum, Hangzhou, China
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
lcheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, South, Korea
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York
The National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Ohi Museum, Kanazawa, Japan
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Taipei Country Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
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