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Ted Randall, Theodore Randall

Biography to Display: 

1914 Born Indianapolis, Indiana

1985 Died Alfred, New York

EDUCATION

1938 BFA Sculpture, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

1949 MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1949-1985 Studio Potter

1951-1981 New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

 

Early on Ted Randall made utilitarian vessel forms, a recurring theme throughout his career. He studied architecture, sculpture, industrial design, and ceramics. Randall joined the faculty of Alfred University in 1951 and became the head of the Division of Art and Design in 1958. He was the department chairman until his retirement in 1981. Randall is credited with creating the fine arts program at Alfred. During these years he invented a significant improvement to the potter’s kick-wheel.

Randall was the third generation of his family to be involved with ceramics. His time teaching and working at Alfred limited his studio work. His was most productive after his retirement in 1981. His work at this time was glazed stoneware and earthenware. He coined the word “sculpots” to describe the work he was making that drew from both sculpture and vessel making. Randall’s work exhibits a range of techniques including throwing, coiling, and slab building, in some instances more than one technique appears in a piece.

In 1966 he was instrumental in founding the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and wrote the original charter and bylaws.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Cushing, Val. “Ted Randall: An Appreciation.” Studio Potter 16, no. 1 (December 1987).

Perry, Barbara. American Ceramics: The Collection of the Everson Museum of Art. New York, NY: Rizzoli International Publishers, 1989.

Peterson, Susan. The Art and Craft of Clay. London, England: Calmann & King LTD, 2000.

Randall, Ted. “Being and Meaning.” Ceramics Monthly (November 1984).

 

 

Typical Marks
1950s
ca 1970
1975
ca 1975
ca 1975
ca 1975-1980
ca 1975-1989
Bowl
Date: 1950s
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Tall Vase
Date: ca 1970
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 17" h
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Spherical Vessel
Date: 1975
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 15 x 17"
Surface Technique: Combed, Glaze, Incised
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Double Wall Pedestal Bowl
Date: ca 1975
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Rectangular Platter
Date: ca 1975
Form: Platter
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Dimensions: 1.5 x 14 x 12"
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Footed Vessel with Lid
Date: ca 1975-1980
Form: Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Plate
Date: ca 1975-1989
Form: Plate
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Shino Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 8, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/randall