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Ernie Kim

Biography to Display: 

1918 Born Manteca, California

EDUCATION

1940-1942 Pre-dental, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1950-1953 Design Study, Marian Hartwell

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1942-1947 Combat Veteran, World War II –European Theater

1949-1955 Manager, Ceramic Craft Studio, Mt. View, California

1952-1956 Ceramics Instructor, Adult Education, Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto, California

1957-1962 Head of Ceramics Department; Ceramics Instructor, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California

1962-1970 Ceramics Instructor and Supervising Art Instructor, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

1970-1980 Director, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

1980-1982 Supervising Art Instructor, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California

1982— Ceramic Artist

 

Ernie Kim primarily made utilitarian thrown stoneware vessels and occasionally sculptural work. Kim’s surface treatment includes an array of organic and gestural mark making and multiple glaze layering. His glazes range from sheer to opaque which will sometimes reveal the clay body underneath. Kim often uses wax resist as a glaze technique.

Ernie Kim’s surface techniques are said to be inspired by the ‘flowing simple lines’ of Swedish potter, Stig Lindberg. Peter Voulkos is noted as another influence.

Kim discovered ceramics during his Veterans Administration-sponsored course in ceramics.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

St. Paul Art Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Cooper, Emmanuel. Ten Thousand Years of Pottery. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010.

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

 

 

Typical Marks
1950-1960
1960-1970
Vase
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Bowl
Date: 1960-1970
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 3, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/kim