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Sally Bowen Prange

Biography to Display: 

1927 Born Valparaiso, Indiana

2001 Died Durham, North Carolina


1950 BA Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1965-1971 Workshops with Warren MacKenzie, Karen Karnes, Don Rietz, Paul Soldner and Michael Cardew


Residency with Walter Keeler and Martha Balazs, England


Studio potter


Sally Prange worked with earthenware until 1965, then used stoneware until 1974, and used porcelain for the rest of her career.

She played with the ideas of form and function. Although she chose to throw functional forms, she often altered them in ways that challenge their functionality. A rim that is cut and distorted is a trademark of her work. The surfaces of her pieces are either glazed with the rough textured glazes she called “barnacle” or with very smooth bright colored glazes. Quite often luster played a role in her surface decoration.


Public Collections to Display: 

Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina

Lannan Museum, Palm Beach Community College, West Palm Beach, Florida

Museo Internazionie Della Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, North Carolina

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England


Bibliography to Display: 

Kleinsmith, Gene. Clay’s the Way. Victorville, CA: Victor Valley College, 1981.

Lane, Peter. Studio Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1983.

_________. Studio Porcelain. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1980.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the Present. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1988.

Pearson, Katherine. American Crafts: A Source Book for the Home. New York, NY: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1983.



Typical Marks
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Pedestal Bowl
Date: 1981
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Dimensions: 9.5 x 14"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 7, 2023.