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Richard Petterson

Biography to Display: 

1910 Born Hollywood, California

1996 Died Pomona, California

EDUCATION

1938 Teaching credentials University of California, Los Angeles, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1939-1947 Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California

1941-1946 Director Summer Art and Craft Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

1948-1976 Head of the Ceramics Department, Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California

 

Richard Petterson's early pieces are earthenware eventually he moved to using stoneware and porcelain. Petterson typically decorated his pieces with incised designs, brushed on engobes or fritted glazes.

He first studied ceramics with Olive Newcomb and then Glen Lukens. His work is inspired by that of Marguerite Wildenhain and Glen Lukens. 

In collaboration with his wife Alice, he also worked with slumped glass. In the 1950s painter Phil Dyke painted the surfaces of some of Petterson’s vessels.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Mills College, Oakland, California

Scripps College, Claremont, California

Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art, Claremont, California

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California”. Ceramics Monthly 60, no.3 (March 2012).

Petterson, RichardScripps College Annual Treasury of Ceramic Art: 1955. Claremont, CA: The College, 1955.

________________. “Removable Armatures”. Ceramics Monthly 1, no. 3 (March 1953).

________________. “Everyday Tools Make Decorative Patterns in Clay”. Ceramics Monthly 1, no. 1 (January 1953).

 

 

Typical Marks
Bowl
Date: 1970-1980
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Teapot
Date: 1970-1980
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 14, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/petterson