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Rodger Lang

Biography to Display: 

1942 Born Chicago, Illinois

2000 Died


1964 BA Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

1965 MS University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

1966 MFA University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin


1965-1966 Milton College, Milton, Wisconsin

1966-1970 Ceramics Head, Cleveland Institute, Cleveland, Ohio

1970-2000 Metropolitan State College, Denver, Colorado


Rodger Lang's primary interest was in sculpture that he often created using mixed media, including clay and glass (which he had studied with Harvey Littleton). Lang’s most important work, The Old Pecos Museum, was begun in 1973 and was worked on for several years. Lang was interested in vessels as objects rather than as functional wares. 

A fascination with pie resulted in a series of tongue-in-cheek works with pie imagery.

Lang studied ceramics with Tom McLaughlin at Cornell College then with Don Reitz and Norm Schulman at the University of Wisconsin. 

In 1970 he joined the faculty at Metropolitan State College in Denver where over the next 30 years he built a ceramic department. Lang continued as its chair until his death.

Public Collections


Bibliography to Display: 

Breeden, Robert L. “The Craftsman in America.” National Geographic Society, 1975.

Kulasiewicz, Frank. Glassblowing. New York, New York: Watson-Guptill, 1974.

Lang, Rodger. “Nan and Jim McKinnell” Craft Horizons (October 1975).

Nordness, Lee. Objects: USA. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1970.

“Rodger Lang.” Ceramics Monthly 48, no. 6 (June-August 2000).

Schlosser, Elizabeth. Modern Clay in Denver (1948-1972): Twelve Ceramic Artists. Denver, CO: Gallup House Publishing, 2005.

Slivka, Rose. “Laugh-in In Clay.” Craft Horizons (October 1971).

Swartz, Mim. “Pie Turns Him On Any Way You Slice It.” The Lakewood Sentinel, July 1, 1971.



Typical Marks

Lang, or later Rlang, brushed on with red iron oxide, occasionally added after firing with a marker.

Beehive Shaped Weed Pot
Date: 1970-1975
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 12 x 9"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Effigy Pie a la Mode
Date: 1974
Form: Plate
Method: Thrown, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Transfer or Decal Decorated
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Unusual Objects and Tool Making
Date: 1988
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 4, 2019.