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Elsa Rady

Biography to Display: 

1943Born New York, New York

2011Died Culver City, California

EDUCATION

1962-1966Ceramics, Chouinard Art Institute, now California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, California

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1966-1968, 1989-1994Interpace Franciscan China Corporation, Glendale, California

UnknownStudio Artist, Venice, California



Elsa Rady is known for simple porcelain vessels, typically vases, bottles, and bowls. Many of her bowl forms have diagonal cuts at the rim, in order to visually create the feeling of centripetal motion. 

Rady used her work to reinterpret ancient classical ceramic forms and techniques, particularly those derived from Asian ceramic traditions. The simplicity and clean lines of her work also reflect mid-century modern aesthetics. She challenged the existing standards for ceramic display by creating custom wall-mounted shelves and suspending her works from stainless steel cords. 

Rady studied with Ralph Bacerra and Otto and Vivika Heino at the Chouinard Art Institute. She worked designing for both Interpace Franciscan China Corporation and Swid Powell Corporation. She maintained her studio in Venice, California.

She signed her work on the foot with either her first or last name often accompanied by the date and the copyright symbol. Her ceramics have become icons of contemporary design. 

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics 1876 to the PresentNew York, NY: Abbeville Press Publishers, 1987.

_________, and Cindy Strauss. Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio Collection. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

DuPont, Diana C. The Art of Elsa Rady and Robert Mapplethorpe. Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1993.

Lauria, Jo. Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000. Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Rizzoli Publishers International, 2000.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics from Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams Inc., Publishers, 1988.

Perreault, John. Elsa Rady. New York, NY: Holly Solomon Gallery, 1990.

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of Everson Museum of Art. Syracuse, NY: Everson Museum of Art with Rizzoli International Publications, 1989.

Rady, Elsa. Elsa Rady Porcelain. Janus Gallery, 1984. 

 

 

Typical Marks

"R" in relief or, "Rady" or "Elsa" inscribed with date and copyright symbol.

1986
Raised "R"
Raised "R"
1981
Four Zig Wings Bowl
Date: 1986
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Two Wing Black Matte Bowl
Date: 1979
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jill I. Cole, 1981.21
Photo: Smithsonian
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jill I. Cole, 1981.21
Photo: Smithsonian
Small Porcelain Bowl with Prussian Blue Glaze
Date: 1979
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the 25th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.19
Photo: Smithsonian
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the 25th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.19
Porcelain Bowl with Green Glaze
Date: 1979
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the 25th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.18
Photo: Smithsonian
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Donna and John Donaldson in memory of Jean and John Michael on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the James Renwick Alliance and the 25th Anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.109.18
Bowl
Date: 1981
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2016.7.28
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2016.7.28
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 17, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/rady