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Allen Monsarrat, Robert Allen Monsarrat

Biography to Display: 

1952 Born Memphis, Tennessee

EDUCATION

1971-1974 Coursework, School of Architecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

1977 BFA Ceramics Concentration, Memphis College of Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1977-1999 Sole Proprietor, Monserrat Pottery, Friendsville, Tennessee

2001-2017 Contractor, Wall & Cabinet Finisher, Knoxville, Tennessee

 

Allen Monsarrat is known not only for creating wheel-thrown functional ceramics but also for encouraging the individual style development of professional potters working at Monserrat Pottery. As the sole proprietor of Monsarrat Pottery for over 20 years, he did not enforce a group aesthetic on his workers. He hired professional potters to develop and their own style of work for the pottery. Artists who worked with Monsarrat include: Peter Rose, Mark Garret, Will Byers, and Shadow May. 

Monsarrat creates three different lines of stoneware pottery himself: (1) landscape-themed dinnerware; (2) stony matte pottery, made with white glaze with blue accents; and (3) combed white slip covered pottery, made with a green glaze with copper red accents. Synthetic ash glazes are also a feature on many of Monsarrat's creations.  Signature forms include dinnerware sets and serving platters. Monsarrat's work is reduction fired in gas kiln to 2,350 degrees F.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, Panoma, California

Southern Highland Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville, Tennessee

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
Lidded Pitcher
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of David Holdefer
Photo: TMP
Collection of David Holdefer
Photo: TMP
Soap Dish
Form: Soap Dish
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.339, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.339, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeffrey Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified May 8, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/monsarrat