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Deborah Horrell

Biography to Display: 

Born 1953 Phoenix, Arizona

Died 2018 Portland, Oregon



1975    BFA Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

1979    MFA Ceramics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington



1994    Resident Artist, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington

1996    Resident Artist, Bullseye Glass School, Portland, Oregon



1983-1993 Associate Professor of Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio



Deborah Horrell is known for small-scale porcelain sculptures, functional glass vessels, glass wall pieces, and large installations of ceramic, glass, and wood.

Horrell started strictly as a ceramic artist, and was often inspired by birds, making pieces with flat bird shapes accompanied by a delicate nest sculptures of porcelain.

In 1993 Horrell left a tenured position at The Ohio State University to move to Portland, Oregon to become a full-time studio artist. After residencies at the Pilchuck School of Glass and Bullseye Glass, Horrell started to work primarily in glass, making bowls, vases, wall pieces and more.





Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Jordan Schnitzer Collection, Eugene, Oregon

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, Arizona

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio


Bibliography to Display: 

“Deborah Horrell.”, accessed September 10, 2021.

Eder, Lynn. “Deborah Horrell.” Ceramics Monthly, November 1981.





Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


The Marks Project is not aware of any signatures or marks for this artist.
Wall Hanging
Date: 1984
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab-Built
Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 22.5 inches
American Museum of Ceramic, gift of The American Ceramic Society, Art 2004.2.450
American Museum of Ceramic, gift of The American Ceramic Society, Art 2004.2.450

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 26, 2023.