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Richard Swanson

Biography to Display: 

1944 Born St. Paul, Minnesota

EDUCATION

1966BA Biology, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

1969MS Psychobiology, University of California, Irvine, California

1994MFA Sculpture, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

RESIDENCIES

1974Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1974—Professional Artist, Helena, Montana

 

Richard Swanson is known for table-top scale ceramic slip-cast series of utilitarian vessels and sculptural works. Both bodies of work are narrative incorporating stylized human and animal forms.

Working in series', Swanson develops a master form by hand. A mold is made from the master and an edition of the object is slip-cast. Influences are Inuit carvings, Japanese netsuke, and Yixing teapots. Teapots and other small-scale assemblages are created using iron-rich clay. Swanson sands the surfaces through various stages of the making process; resulting in a satin-smooth raw-ceramic vitreous surface.

Swanson is also known for non-ceramic monumental mixed media public sculptures and installation works.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Cody, Wyoming

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana

Helena College, University of Montana, Helena, Montana

Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana

Lewis and Clark Library, Helena, Montana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California

Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs, Washington, DC

Metro Center, Williston, North Dakota

Montana State Historical Society Museum, Helena, Montana

Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

Myrna Loy Center, Helena, Montana

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana

Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana

School of Fine Arts, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Southern Oregon University, Rogue Community College, Medford, Oregon

Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

Yixing Red Pottery Arts Factory #5, Yixing, China

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed: Exploration of an Object. London, UK: Guild Publishing, 2000.

Gunter, Veronika A. 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form.  New York, NY: Lark Books, 2004.

“The Art of Jitterbugging, Richard Swanson's Dancing Teapots.” Ceramics Art & Perception no.47 (2002).

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2004.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J.E. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. New York, NY: Lark Books, 2002.

 

 

Website: http://www.richardswanson.org

 

Typical Marks
1984
1997
Man with a Cat
Date: 1984
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Cast, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, gift of Sara Parker
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, Helena, Montana, gift of Sara Parker
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bird in Hand Teapot edition of 22 #8
Date: 1997
Form: Teapot
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 52, November 12, 2016
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, Candice Groot Auction, lot 52, November 12, 2016

Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified August 30, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/swanson-0