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Gail Kendall

Biography to Display: 


BSD University of Michigan

MFA Eastern Michigan University


2009 Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2010 Residency, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado


Studio Potter

1987-2011 Hixson-Lied Professor of Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska


Gail Kendall hand builds a wide range of functional table ware forms using low fire terra cotta and a majolica-like decorative technique.

Kendall was a resident artist at Spode Fine China Works, Stoke-On-Trent, England.

Her work is influenced by European and Middle Eastern earthenware pottery traditions from the 13th to 18th centuries.  Kendall is interested in ceramics created for everyday use as well as by royalty. The surfaces are decorated using the traditional frame and field approach to decorative layout.


Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, Arizona

Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West Virginia

Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa, City, Iowa


Bibliography to Display: 

Brown, Glen. “Exploiting Paradox.” Ceramics: Art & Perception 35, (1999).  

Burns, Sean. "A National Clay Invitational.”  Spectrum.  Fargo, ND (October 1985).

Fraganza, Trixie.  "Studio Potters Reviewed.” Boston, MA: NCECA Journal, (March 1985).

Hachiya, Kim. "A Personal Life of Quality", Profile: Gail Kendall.  Nebraska Magazine, summer 1995. 

Held, Peter. Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Foundation. Helena, MT: Archie Bray Foundation, (2001).

Hluch, Kevin. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000. 

__________."28th Syracuse National.” Ceramics Monthly (November 1990). 

__________. "1997 Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award.” Ceramics Review (Spring 1997).  

__________.  "1997 Clay National.”  Clay Times (March 1997).  

Hopper, Robin. Earthenware Ceramics. Citation, 2001.

Kendall, Gail. “Clary Illian & the Hamada Leach Tradition.” Catalog Essay. Cedar Rapids, IA: Cedar Rapids Art Museum.

__________. “Developing Surfaces with Slip, Scrafitto and Glaze.” Pottery Making Illustrated (Summer 2004).

__________. "Sexual Discrimination: Views from the Field.” Studio Potter (December 1991).

__________. "Cultural Focus.”  Ceramics Monthly (February, 1992).

__________.  "Goodbye Minnesota.”  Artpaper (September 1987).

__________. “Pat Oleszko: The Randall Session 1997.”  NCECA Journal 1998.

__________. “Lights.”  The Studio Potter (June 2009).

__________. “Falling Through the Cracks.” The Studio Potter (June 2011).

Koelln, Georganne.  "Table Toppings.”  St. Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN, October 5, 1993.

Koplos, Janet. The Clay Odyssey: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Foundation, 2001.

MacMillan, Kyle.  "UNL Professor Reinterprets Beauty of the Tureen.” Omaha World-Herald, November, 1989.

____________.  "Ceramic Artist Ladles Out Success.”  Omaha World Herald, July, 1992. 

____________.   "Faculty Exhibition Provides Pleasure.” Omaha World Herald, March 4, 1995.

____________.  "Gone To POT.”  Omaha World Herald, October 25, 1996.      

Malarcher, Patricia.  "Five English Artists & Craftsmen of the Midwest.”  New York Times, November 15, 1987.   

 Martin, Mary Abbe.  "Visual Art in the Twin Cities.” Border Crossings, Winnipeg, (Fall 1985).

Ostermann, Mathias. The Ceramic Surface. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Reid, George. "Harding & Kendall at MAEP.”  Artpaper (May 1987).

Reid, Giles.  “1997 Fletcher Challenge Award.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1997).

Riddle, Mason.  "Fear Fire Fantasy.” New Art Examiner, Chicago, IL, 1986.

___________.  “Feats of Clay.” Saint Paul Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN October, 10, 1997.

Williams, Patrick. "Ceramic Exhibit Features Unusual Work." The Herald Journal, Logan, UT, January 8, 1989.

Wolgomott, Kent. "Art Bites.” Lincoln Journal Star, October 2, 2002.

_____________.  “Not to Miss at the Sheldon.” Lincoln Journal Star, August 29, 2008.

_____________.   “Gail Kendall Retires From UNL, Leaves Legacy.” Lincoln Journal Star. 



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Typical Marks
Form: Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Majolica/Mailocia
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Slip Trailing, Underglaze
Form: Plate
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised, Luster
Form: Casserole
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Luster

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 3, 2023.