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Sheldon Kaganoff

Biography to Display: 

1933 Born, New York, New York

EDUCATION

1952-1953 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

1959 BA Philosophy, Pomona College, Claremont, California

1961 MFA Ceramics, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1954-1957 United States Army

1961-1962 Pottery Studio, San Rafael, California

1962 General Assistant, Heath Ceramics, Sausalito, California

1962-1965 Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

1965- 1994 Associate Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

1994— Emeritus Professor of Art, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

1968— Studio Artist, Ceramics and Works on Paper

 

Sheldon Kaganoff is best known for his large scale thrown vessels made of stoneware or porcelain. His large scale vessels have an expressive and gestural quality as he uses varied mark making, textures, and glaze palettes upon the surface of his forms that can tower at 6’ high. From 1984 to the present he has experimented in luster glazes.

Kaganoff sites “sensory awareness, Gestalt and Zen Buddhism” to be direct influences of his style. His work is often titled to expand the content of his vessels, including titles: “Self Portrait”, “Erosion Series”, that evoke a self awareness and an interest in the natural world.

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Craftsman Lifestyle, The Gentle Revolution. California Design Publications.

“Design II.” Pasadena Art Museum Pasadena, CA. Craft Horizons (August 1971).

Goodall, Donald. “Craftsmen USA 1966.”  Craft Horizons 31, no. 2 (March April 1966).

Kaganoff, Sheldon. Clay: The Medium and the Method: An Exhibition. Santa Barbara, CA: University Art Galleries, University of California, 1976. 

Lynn, Martha Drexler. American Studio Ceramics: Innovation and Identity 1940 to 1979. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2015.

 

Website(s):

www.kaganoffstudio.com

 

Typical Marks
Vase
Date: 1967
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Erosion Series
Date: 1980
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 22, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/kaganoff