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Don Sprague

Biography to Display: 

Born 1946 Tacoma, Washington 

 

EDUCATION 

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

1970 BA Architecture, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 

 

APPRENTICESHIPS & RESIDENCIES 

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

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE 

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 

 

BIOGRAPHY 

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; he is known for 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

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 CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
Sprague
Sprague
1985
Teapot
Date: 1983
Form: Teapot
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Jar and Lid
Date: 1985
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: W. 14.66 inches
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of the American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.196
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of the American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.196
Photo: TMP
1985
Photo: TMP

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 29, 2023. http://www.themarksproject.org/marks/sprague