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Neil Patterson

Biography to Display: 


1986 BFA The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1986-1988 Core Student, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

1988-1992 Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, Cardiff, England

1990-1991 Post Graduate Diploma, The ClevelandInstitute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

1992 MFA LouisianaStateUniversity, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


1991 Visiting Lecturer, Polytechnic of London, England

1992-1997 Artist in residence The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1992—Adjunct Instructor, Ceramics and 3D Design, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1993-1999 Instructor, 3D Design and 2D Design, CabriniCollege, Radnor, Pennsylvania

1996—Adjunct Instructor, Ceramics, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1997-1999 Adjunct Instructor, Ceramics and 3D Design, Montgomery County Community College, Blue  Bell, Pennsylvania


Neil Patterson makes functional stoneware pots that are thrown on the potter’s wheel, then altered and re-assembled. There is an emphasis on the soft quality of the clay, bolstered by a formal or architectural structure and the use of uniform raised repeated surface patterns. Texture is an important component of his surface treatments.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama


Bibliography to Display: 

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

Hopper, Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co, 1986.

Triplett, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting, Slab Work. Asheville, N.C., U.S.A: Lark Books, 1997.

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics, Ways of Creation: An Exploration of 36 Contemporary Ceramic Artists & Their Work. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1999.



Artist's Studio: Neighborhood Potters


Typical Marks
ca 2014
Penland Archive
Penland Archive
Covered Jar
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron

Citation: Reff, Grace. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 6, 2023.