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Steven Montgomery

Biography to Display: 

1959 Born Detroit, Michigan


1976 B. Phil., Grand Valley State College, Allendale, Michigan

1978 MFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


1980— Studio Artist, New York, New York


 Steven Montgomery's work explores his interest in making pieces that deal with the changes caused by the passage of time. In 1993 he began making the trompe l’oeil machines that played on his interest in castoffs. This work is based on used discarded and decomposing plumbing, electrical fixtures, and engine parts.

He uses various techniques to form his pieces, including hand-building, wheel-throwing, and press-molds. His larger pieces are made in parts that are assembled post-firing. The surfaces are painted with oil paint after the clay is fired. 

 In 1980 he began making sculptures from discarded industrial components that he eventually disposed of in the Hudson River. In 1987 he returned to working with clay. His clay pieces continued to explore his interest in making pieces that dealt with the changes caused by the passage of time. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Everson Museum, Syracuse, New York

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan

Icheon World Ceramic Center, Icheon, South Korea

Keramic Museum Westerwaald, Westerwaald, Germany

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Shigaraki Ceramics Art Center and Cultural Park, Shigaraki, Japan

National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

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

Taipei County Yingge Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. The Artful Teapot, New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2002.

___________.  The Eccentric Teapot. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1989.

Del Vecchio, Mark. Post Modern Ceramics. London, England: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Goodman, Jonathan. "Review of Exhibitions: Steven Montgomery at OK Harris,” Art in America (September 2004).

Kuchta, Ronald A.” Interview, "Steven Montgomery.” Kerameiki Techni (December 2004).

Ladda, Wolfram. Interview. "Steven Montgomery." Neue Keramic January/February 2005.

Morgan, Robert C. "Steven Montgomery's Entropic Machines,” American Ceramics (February 1997).

Sathe, Pravine. "Interview, “Steven Montgomery," New York Arts Magazine (June 2004).

Shannon, Mark. "Steven Montgomery,” American Ceramics (March 1986).

"Steven Montgomery." Ceramics Monthly (March 2000).


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Typical Marks
Standard Emission
Date: 1998
Form: Sculpture
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Slab-Built, Molded, Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Oil Paint
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Ronald A. Kuchta, 1998, 1998.286
Photo: TMP
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Ronald A. Kuchta, 1998, 1998.286
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Re-Entrance #2
Date: 2011
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Earthenware, Mixed Media
Method: Thrown, Slab-Built, Press Mold, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze, Luster, Oil Paint
Photo: artist
Date: 2016

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 23, 2023.