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David Keator

Biography to Display: 

1951 Born

2016 Died


Professor, Ceramics, Louisville School of Art (now part of University of Louisville), Louisville, Kentucky


David Keator created unique mostly porcelain works; his early work was based on typical traditional vessel forms with intricate inscribed details. Later, he turned to painting when arthritis made ceramic work difficult. The egg and a long necked bird appeared again and again on his pieces. He often raku fired work preferring to do this work alone allowing him total control of the process.

In addition to ceramics and painting, Keator made furniture inspired by Art Deco examples he had seen.


Bibliography to Display: 

Wegner, Nadene. “David Keator.” Ceramics Monthly 31, no. 3 (March 1983).



Typical Marks
Raku Duck Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Raku
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 28, 2019.