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Harold Eaton Riegger, Hal Riegger

Biography to Display: 

Born    1913 Ithaca, New York

Died   2005

 

EDUCATION

1931    School of Organic Education, Fairhope, Alabama 

1938    BS New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

1946    MA Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES

1938 Homer Laughlin Pottery Co. East Liverpool, Ohio

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1939-1942       Museum School of Industrial Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1947-1950       California School of Fine Arts (now San Francisco Art Institute), San Francisco, California

1955-1957       California College of Arts and Crafts, Oklahoma, California

1958-1961       Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Clearwater, Florida

 

BIOGRAPHY

Hal Riegger is known for earthenware pottery and stoneware pottery. Riegger began experimenting with raku firing in 1948 and is believed to be one of the first potters to raku fire work in North America. Later, Riegger experimented with pit firing techniques.  In the 1950’s Riegger began making hand built abstract figurative sculptures incorporating mixed media elements, such as metal, fiber, and wood.

Riegger was an influential teacher; among his students were Robert Brady, Rick Dillingham, and John Dumas.

In 1962, Riegger developed “Experiment A Workshops,” a series of events held outside focused on teaching primitive ceramic techniques. These workshops took place around the United States. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Clearwater, Florida

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Bray, Hazel V. The Potter’s Art in California. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum of Art Department, 1978.

Hodge, Gillian. “Hal Riegger.” Ceramics Monthly, 1970, Vol. 18.

Hodge, Gillian. “Hal Riegger’s ‘Experiment A’ Workshops.” Craft Horizons, May 1970, Vol. 30.

Lindsey, Greg Allen. “Hal Riegger Retrospective.” Ceramics Monthly, Nov. 2004, Vol. 52, Issue 9.

Oral history interview with Robert David Brady, March 10-12, 2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Riegger, Hal. “Hal Riegger: Workshops at Haystack.” Ceramics Monthly, 1975, Vol. 23.

Riegger, Harold. “Hollow Forms from Slabs.” Ceramics Monthly (November 1962).

Riegger, Hal. “Raku Then and Now.” Ceramics Monthly, Sept. 2008, Vol. 48, Issue 7.

Riegger, Hal. “Reduction of Raku Glazes.” Ceramics Monthly, 1970, Vol.18.

Riegger, Hal. “The Use of Volcanic Ash in Commercial Glazes”. Ceramic Industry (1952).

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

“Hal” with year, Same signature from 1947-2000 

1947
1951
1951
2000
Bowl
Date: 1947
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Bowl
Date: 1951
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Side Handled Ewer
Date: 1951
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Wax Resist
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Vase
Date: 2000
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Coiled
Surface Technique: Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection
Hallelujeh
Date: 1961
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Clay
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Mixed Media
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Bowl
Date: ca 1980-1987
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.97, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.97, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 15, 2022. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/riegger