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Bill Sax

Biography to Display: 

1934 Born Newark, New Jersey

EDUCATION

UnknownMFA School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1954—Studio Potter

 

Bill Sax is known for a line of cookware that can be used on the stove top as well as in the oven. The work is characterized by handles that twist like ribbons. He also made plates, bowls, mugs, etc.  of stoneware clay that compliment his cookware. 

Sax studied with Bauhaus trained potter, Frans Wildenhain, at Rochester Institute of Technology. Soon after graduating he became intrigued by the flameproof clay Karen Karnes used to create her pieces that could be used directly over heat. I1954 after extensive experimentation he developed a clay body with the same properties that he called Flameware. Earth tones predominate on the surfaces of his pieces, usually accented by one other color.  

Bill Sax is one of a just a handful of potters who used flameware clay to produce cookware.  

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Nordness, Lee. Objects:USA. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1970.

Strutt, Rachel. “The Artisan Next Door: Fired Up.” Boston Home (Winter 2012).

 

 

Typical Marks

"Bill Sax" inscribed into clay on base of pot. 

Casserole
Materials: Flameware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Covered Casserole
Date: ca. 1995
Materials: Flameware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Frying Pan
Date: ca. 1995
Materials: Flameware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Dinnerware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 2.5 h X 9.75 dia.
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified January 3, 2023. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/sax