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Eric Van Eimeren

Biography to Display: 



1983-1984Orange Coast Community College, Costa Mesa, California

1984-1987BA Applied Design, Ceramics, San Diego State University, San Diego, California

1998-1990MFA New York State college of Ceramic Art, Alfred University, Alfred, New York


1991-1993Residency, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana


1993—Studio Potter


Eric Van Eimeren is known for work assembled using both wheel-thrown and slab-built parts. Van Eimeren uses various clays to produce a wide range of unique forms.  Surface techniques include allover impressed repeat geometric or amorphous textures or defined rings encircling cylindrical forms. 

In addition, torn clay may be attached to create contrast and mimic vertical fin. The use of a double finger ring handle is seen in mug forms. His statement, “The idea of form following function still rings true for me, however; I believe that function can sometimes be persuaded to follow sculptural form, creating an interesting dialogue between utility and sculpture”, best describes his approach to the work.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Corsaw Collection of American Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

De Young museum of Fine Art / San Francisco, California

Fiscars Arts Cooperative Collection, Fiscars, Finland

The Mint Museum, Chasonoff Collection, Charlotte, North Carolina

Racine Art Museum / Racine, Wisconsin

Smithsonian American Art Museum / Washington, DC

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas


Bibliography to Display: 

An Interplay of Craft and Wit; Conceptual Functional Vessels by Eric Van Eimeren.” Ceramics Monthly (October 1996).

Clark, Garth. The Artful Teapot. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2002.

Del Vecchio, Mark. Postmodern Ceramics. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2002.

Ferrin, Leslie. Teapots Transformed. Iola, WI: Guild Publishing, 2002.

Gustin, Chris and Chris Staley. Best of Pottery, v.2. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998.

Jim Lawton. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design, v. 2. Asheville, NC: Lark Ceramics, 2013.

“New Faces at Navy Pier.” Ceramics Monthly (February 1992).

“Portfolio.” American Craft (August-September 1994).

“The Evocative Object.” Ceramics: Art and Perception 31 (April 1998).




Typical Marks
ca. 1995
Date: ca 1995
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Slip Trailing
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Clark, Donald. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 3, 2019.