The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
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1954 Born Boston, Massachusetts
1977 BFA Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
1977–1978 Special Student, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
1980 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1986 Artist in Residence, Artpark, Lewiston, New York
1989-1990 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
2004 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
2005 Artist in Residence, EKWC, The Netherlands
2007 Artist in Residence, Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China
2012 Jean Griffith Fellowship Artist, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington
PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE
1980-1982 Ceramic Technician, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1982 Summer Term Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1982-1985 Adjunct Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 Summer Term Faculty, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1984-1985 Summer Term Faculty, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
1985-1989 Assistant Professor, Area Head of Ceramics, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
1990—Professor, Ceramic Art, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Chris Staley is known as a potter who makes functional work that is wheel-thrown or hand-built or built using a combination of methods.
Firing techniques vary but are usually high fire (2,350˚ Fahrenheit). Staley’s work emphasizes the production of pots and the human interaction with them. He incorporates a variety of vessel forms with conceptual surface imagery and techniques. Glazes enhance the sculptural perception of his pots while graphic techniques applied by brush, transfers or clay elements which enhance conceptual content. Types of clay bodies and glazes vary depending on the intended pot.
In addition to being a potter, Staley is a dedicated teacher, researcher, writer and advocate for the ceramic arts.
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
Arizona State University, Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
European Ceramic Work Centre, Oisterwijk, Netherlands
Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, Fuping, China
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, Pennsylvania
Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas
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__________. “Curator’s Statement on Strictly Functional Pottery National.” Ceramics Monthly (November 1995).
__________. “The Dirt on Teaching and Learning.” NCECA Journal (2015).
__________. “The Challenge of Making Pots at a University.” Ceramics Monthly (1996).
__________. “Personal Reflections.” Ceramics Monthly (February 1987).
__________. “Portfolio.” American Craft Magazine (February 1985).
Stevens, Dennis, “The Paradox of Craft.” Studio Potter Magazine (September 2007).
Tudball, Ruthanne. Soda Glazing. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995.
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|This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft|
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