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Olin L. Russum, Olin Russum

Biography to Display: 

1918 Born Bangor, Maine

1998 Died Brooklandville, Maryland



1940 BA University of Southern California, Santa Barbara, California

1948 MFA Claremont Universities, Claremont, California



1962, 1963 and 1965 Artist in Residence, Towson University, Towson, Maryland



1946-1948-Chaffey College, Ontario, Canada

1948-1951- School of the American Craftsman, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

1953—Studio potter

Teacher Pottery classes, Baltimore Museum of Art



Olin Russum is known for work which ranges from functional pieces with sculptural references to non-functional ceramic sculptures.

His functional work was typically thrown, often altered, and finished with classic over glazes. The sculptural pieces were given applied clay surfaces reminiscent of fish scales. He was perhaps best known for large bas-relief wall murals some of these had 3-dimentional sculptural forms emerging from the surface.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Lang Gallery, Claremont Universities, Claremont, California

Montevideo Museum and Library, Montevideo, Uruguay

Museo Internaxionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Rochester Museum of Art, Rochester, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC




Typical Marks
Date: 1962
Materials: Stoneware
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 5, 2023.