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Steve Rolf

Biography to Display: 


1988 BS Broad Area Arts,   University of Wisconsin, River Falls, Wisconsin

1992 BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1994 MFA New York State College of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


Apprenticed under Wang Hui Ming, Master Painter, Wood Engraver

2006 Residency, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine


1988—Studio Potter


Steve Rolf is a studio potter making a full line of functional wares. He begin by throwing his forms on the wheel, when leather hard the forms are layered with wet clay which are often further altered, engraved, carved, cut and re assembled. Rolf prides himself in making pieces that fit the hand.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

Ulsan City Museum, Ulsan, Korea


Bibliography to Display: 

“Doing it Right.” Ceramics Monthly (December 2004).

"Focus on Function." National Ceramic Biennial Internet and Show Catalog, (2000).

“Functional Ceramics 2006” show catalog. Wooster, OH: Wayne Center for the Arts, 2006.

Hemachandra, Ray. 500 Vases: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Ceramics, 2010.

“Starting Out.” The Studio Potter 33, no.1 (December 2004).




Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 13, 2019.