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Chris Staley

Biography to Display: 

1954 Born Boston, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

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

RESIDENCIES

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 using wheel-thrown, hand-built or 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.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

 

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

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles,  California

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

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

rosenfieldcollection.com

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Beach, Polly, “An Interview with Chris Staley.” Clay Times (May 1998).

Burkett, Richard. Masters: Porcelain: Major Works by Leading Ceramists. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2008.

Clark, Garth. American Ceramics: 1876 to the Present. New York, NY: Abbeville Publishing Group, 1987.

Coakes, Michelle. Creative Pottery: A Step by Step Guide & Showcase. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books, 1998.

Davis, Don. Wheel-Thrown Ceramics. New York, NY: Lark Books, 1998.

De Waal, Edmund. Design Sourcebook: Ceramics. London, UK: New Holland Press, 1999.

Fairbanks, Jonathan, and Angela Fina. The Best of Pottery. Beverly, MA: Quarry Books, 1996.

Higby, Wayne and Warren Mackenzie, “Art, Money and the NEA.” Ceramics Monthly (February 1987).

Illian, Clary. A Potter’s Workbook.  Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1999.

Held, Peter, ed. Innovation & Change: Ceramics from the Arizona State University Art Museum. Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Art Museum, 2009.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E. 500 Plates & Chargers: Innovative Expressions of Function & Style. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2008.

Jiusto, Chere, and Janet Koplos, Peter Held, ed. A Ceramic Continuum: 50 Years of Archie Bray Influence. Seattle, WA: The University of Washington Press, 2001.

Lane, Peter. Ceramic Form. New York, NY: Rizzoli Publishing, 1988.

Mansfield, Janet. Salt-Glaze Ceramics: An International Perspective. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1991.

Newby, Rick. “Chris Staley’s Rituals of Perception.” Ceramics Art and Perception no. 50 (2002).

Oliver, Retha. Process & Promise: Art, Education and Community at the 92nd Street Y. New York, NY: 92nd Street Y Publishers, 2006.

Staley, Chris. “Copying vs. Creating.”  Ceramics Monthly, May 2000.

__________. “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.

Twynam, Malou. “Views of Chris Staley.” Contact Magazine (Spring 1998).

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics, Mastering the Craft.  Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Company, 1990.

 

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Website: www.chrisstaleyartist.com

 

Typical Marks
1983
ca 1975-1985
1994
Covered Jar
Date: 1983
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Tea Bowls
Date: ca 1975-1985
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Earthenware
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.93, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.93, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Teapot
Date: 1994
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Cup
Form: Cup
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert and Christel Harrison  Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Jar
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert and Christel Harrison  Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert and Christel Harrison  Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

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