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Victor Spinski

Biography to Display: 

1940 Born Poland

2013 Died Newark, Delaware


1963 BSE Art and Foreign Languages, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas

1967 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana


1968-2006 Professor of Ceramics at the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware


Victor Spinski is known for sculptural still life compositions of common everyday objects, for example, paper cups in a cardboard box, tools, paint cans or dishes in the sink.  Many of the assemblages contain objects that are convincing of material other than ceramic. 

Spinski was influenced by the Yixing artists of eastern China. He was a leading figure in the avant-garde ceramics movement of the 1960s and 1970s and held a patent on the Ceramic Photo Emulsion process that produced the ceramic decals he used in his trompe l'oeil ceramic assemblages. Spinski created the cast and constructed ceramic objects then spent hours perfecting the surface with decals and china painting.


Public Collections to Display: 

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, Topeka, Kansas

Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Massachusetts

Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

Hand Art Center, Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, New York

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky


Bibliography to Display: 

Clark, Garth. The Book of Cups. New York, NY:Abbeville Press Publishers, 1990.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1988.

Lucie-Smith, Edward. American Art Now. New York, NY: William Morrow1992.

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay.  Englewood, NJ: Prentice Hall Publishers,1992/1995.

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics: Mastering the Craft.  Radnor, VA: Chilton, Publishing Company, 1990.

____________. Ceramics–Ways of Creation. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1999.


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Typical Marks
Sun Valley Brewing Company
Date: 1992
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Slab-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Kavesh Gallery,
Photo: John Polak
Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Kavesh Gallery,
Glazing a Teapot Red
Date: 2003
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built, Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2004.4.5
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2004.4.5
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Fruit Can
VW Fountain
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand-Built, Cast
Box with Hard Hat
Paint Box

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified July 21, 2023.