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Stephen Joseph Polchert, Stephen Polchert

Biography to Display: 

1920 Born

2008 Died

EDUCATION

1946-1948 Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1950-1951 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1952 BFA Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1953 MFA Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1953-1954 University of Omaha, Joslyn Art Memorial, Omaha, Nebraska

1954-1978 Boy’s Town Trade School, Ceramic Department

1960-1963Dana College, Blair, Nebraska

1963-1966 College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska

1957-1979 Bellevue College, Bellevue, Nebraska

1978-1985 Millard Senior High School, Millard, Nebraska

 

Stephen Polchert is known for his wheel thrown porcelain and stoneware forms, some of which are large scale.  To aid in realizing his vision of larger works, Polchert made scaled preparatory drawings for these large pieces. He preferred working with porcelain because the white was a perfect ground for his vivid color glazes. During his lifetime Polchert developed hundreds of glazes. Later in his career he focused on crystalline glazes that he felt complimented the forms he was throwing.

Polchert was associated with Maija Grotell from 1949 to 1953 while at Cranbrook. Grotell became an ongoing influence as was, to a lesser degree, British potter, Bernard Leach. Another influence was Polchert’s time in China during the Second World War when he was exposed to the narrow necked local pots.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Missouri

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Head, Jeffrey. Stephen Polchert: Ceramist of the Heartland. www.modernismmagazine.com.

 

 

 

Typical Marks
1946-1948
1952
1949-1956
1956-1970
1970—
1979
1982
2002
Bottle
Date: 1952
Materials: White Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Private Collection 1-91718-k
Photo: TMP
Private Collection 1-91718-k
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Vase
Date: 1979
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 6.75"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Small Vase
Date: 1982
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.5"
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Fluted Vase
Date: 2002
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 9.75 x 6"
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Vases
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
 Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

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