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Eric Norstad

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1924 Born Valhalla, New York

2013 Died


1954 Architecture and ceramics, University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon


—1962 Callister and Payne Architects

1962-1998 Operated Norstad Pottery


Eric Norstad began making functional stoneware pieces as a way of subsidizing his architect’s income. He is known for either thrown or slab built wares with surface techniques that included brush work and textural features.

A Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in 1957 supported the construction of Norstad’s small kiln and studio. When he expanded the business to include the production of bathroom and kitchen sinks, Norstad hired other potters to help with production, including Toru Hasegawa, Jack Sears, and Michael Campbell. Demand for Norstad sinks continued to grow and the firm built an 8,000 square foot pottery in Richmond, California. The firm continued to function until Norstad’s retirement in 1998.

Public Collections

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Bibliography to Display: 

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

White, Hazel. Water Gardens: Simple Projects, Contemporary Designs. New York, NY: Chronicle Books, 1998.



Typical Marks
Bowl with Glazed Interior
Date: 1960-1980
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 7, 2019.