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William Pitney

Biography to Display: 

1914Born

2005Died

EDUCATION

1942BFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

1950MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1950-1972Professor and Head of Ceramic Division, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

 

William Pitney threw simple forms with a straight-forward and carefully designed surface treatment. He created pieces in both porcelain and stoneware.

Pitney spent years researching and formulating various clay bodies resulting in his ability to change the texture of the clay as well as the ability to use various firing temperatures. The surfaces of his pieces are often incised using natural or geometric motifs. Pitney’s work reflects an iconic mid-20th century aesthetic. He studied with Daniel Rhodes and Charles Harder at Alfred.

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Pitney, William E. “Quintessential Pottery,” Journal of the American Art Pottery Association 2, no. 3 (May 1986).

 

 

Typical Marks
1950-1960
Deep Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Yumomi
Date: 1950-1960
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Bowl
Date: ca 1985
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Overglaze (On Glaze), Underglaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 16, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/pitney