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Don Sprague

Biography to Display: 


1946 Born Tacoma, Washington 



1965-1978 Attended, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 

1970 BA Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 



1989 1992 Resident Artist, Artists in the Schools Program, Metropolitan Arts Commission, Portland, Oregon 



1973-1985 Ceramics Instructor, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon 

1975-1976 Ceramics Instructor, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 

1979-1980 Ceramics Instructor, Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon 

2007---George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon 



Don Sprague produced a wide range of functional porcelain and stoneware pots. Often Sprague alters the wheel thrown formThe work is fired in various ways including wood firedA favorite form is the lantern. Sprague is known for his large garden lanterns. 


Of his work, Sprague says, “Throughout my career as a potter, I have tried to produce a useful and pleasing product. It has been my desire to explore and refine the subtleties of form, both functionally and aesthetically, while working to gain a greater understanding of the complexities of the ceramic process. My primary interests are form and surface development. I have tried to incorporate glazes and glazing techniques that enhance these concerns.”1 


1 Sprague, Don. Forrest Merrill Archive 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio 

Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon 

Norah Eccles Harrison Museum, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC 


Bibliography to Display: 

“A Portfolio of Functional Forms.” Studio Potter (June 1985). 

Hopper, Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetics in Pots of Purpose, 2nd ed. 2000. 

Rhodes, Daniel and Robin Hopper. Clay and Glazes for the Potter, 3rd ed. 2000. 

“Teapots.” Ceramics Monthly (1986). 

“Three Northwest Potters.” Ceramics Monthly (April 1981). 

“Oregon Potters.” Studio Potter (November 1981). 





Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
Date: 1983
Form: Teapot
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Object 2
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified February 9, 2021.