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Bernard Kester

Biography to Display: 

1928 Born, Salt Lake City, Utah

EDUCATION

1945 BA University of California, Los Angeles, California

1950 MA University of California, Los Angeles, California

Graduate Study University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Graduate Study Scripps College, Claremont, California

 PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1954-1956 Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California

1956-1991 University of California, Los Angeles, California

1962 Freelance fabric design, Crawford & Stoughton, Los Angeles, California

1967 California State University, Fullerton, California

1981-1992 Principal Exhibition Designer, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

 

Bernard Kester studied textile design as well as ceramics at UCLA.  He studied with potter, Laura Andreson who was a strong influence. Kester made a wide range of vessel forms inspired by mid-century California design. He primarily worked with stoneware but occasionally created pieces using porcelain.

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Andreson, Laura and Bernard Kester. Laura Andreson, Ceramics. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Art Galleries, 1970.

Kaplan, Wendy. California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011.

Kester, Bernard. American Crafts ’76: An Aesthetic View: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois. Chicago, IL: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1976.

____________. Made in LA: Contemporary Crafts ’81: A Bicentennial Celebration. Los Angeles, CA: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1981.

____________. “Letter from Los Angeles.” Craft Horizons (each issue 1972-1975).

Tigerman, Bobbye, ed. A Handbook of California Design, 1930-1965: Craftspeople, Designers, Manufacturers. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2013.

 

Zaiden, Emily. Bernard Kester; Conduit for California’s New Crafts Movement. Los Angeles, CA: Craft in America, 2011.

 

 

Typical Marks
Footed Bowl
Date: 1961
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Sgraffito in umber slip. Cobalt nitrate on bisque under matt glaze reduction.)
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Urn
Date: 1961
Form: Urn
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown (Black matt glaze stencil, reduction fired.)
Surface Technique: Matt Glaze, Stencil
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

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