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Steve Tobin

Biography to Display: 


1979   BS Mathematics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana



Steve Tobin is a sculptor whose work typically consists of very large scale pieces. He works in several media including metal, glass, wood, and clay. His most well-known clay pieces are from series he called Exploded Earth and Bangpots. Initially these pieces began with a handful of clay formed into a square or rectangular shape. While still wet an explosive was pushed into the center of the solid clay and exploded. The explosion blows the form open creating a small sculpture. In the kiln pools of color are created by the chemical reaction of the explosive powders and the clay during the firing. As he became more confident with this work Tobin began to create pieces 4′ to 6′ in diameter and weighing from 1,000 to 4,000  pounds.







Public Collections to Display: 

American Center, Helsinki, Finland

American Glass Museum, Millville, New Jersey

American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA), Pomona, California

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gratz College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Lausanne, Switzerland

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinis College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Retretti Museum, Punkaharju, Finland

State Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

White House Collection of American Crafts, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas


Grande, John K. Steve Tobin: Exploded Earth. Pomona, CA: American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2006.

Warmus, William. “The Event Itself is the Only Truth.” Sculpture Magazine 20, no.2 (March 2001).



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Typical Marks
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Three Vessels
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 23, 2023.