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James Robinson

Biography to Display: 

1950 Born Keene, New Hampshire



Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon



1971---studio potter



James Robinson collects local clays that he uses to create functional objects and sculptures. The functional pieces are thrown, altered and finished with the addition of clay slabs. The surfaces carry carved and sgraffito images of fish, birds and animals.

Robinson hand builds sculptures that often take the form of animals, the polar bear often appears. The pieces are then given multiple coats of glaze before being fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah


Bibliography to Display: 

Robinson, James. “Fear of Silica, an Approach to Stable Stoneware”. Studio Potter 9, no. 2 (June 1981).

_____________. “Body Building for Potters: A Clay Blending Formulary”. Studio Potter (June 1988).

_____________. “Confessions of a Test Fiend: A Country Potter Comes to NCECA”. NCECA Journal (Fall 1988).




Typical Marks
early 1970s
late 1970s-mid-1980s
late 1980s
Salmon Spirit Basket
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 3, 2023.