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Harvey J. Sadow, Harvey Sadow

Biography to Display: 



UnknownMA and MFA School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa


Harvey Sadow uses the vessel as a canvas and is known for creating thin walled forms with surfaces of rich deep colors created by a combination of firing and after firing surface treatments.

Sadow's pots are thrown on the wheel. He uses multiple firing techniques, including an electric or gas-fired brick kiln.

Sadow often fires his pots multiple times, finishing with a raku firing followed by after-firing treatments. These may include airbrushed coloring and sandblasting.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Bureau of National Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Canberra Art Institute, Canberra, Australia

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

White House Collection, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas 


Bibliography to Display: 

Cummings, Hildegard. Harvey Sadow: Toward a Vessel Aesthetic: Ceramic Works 1968-88. Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut, 1988.



Typical Marks
Triple Raku Vessel
Date: 1984
Method: Thrown
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 14, 2023.