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Kurt Weiser

Biography to Display: 

1950Born Lansing, Michigan

EDUCATION

1967-1969Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan

1972BFA Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

1976MFA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1977-1989Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

1988Ceramics Department Head, Herberger College School of Art, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

2000Regents Professor, Arizona State University

 

Kurt Weiser makes a range of cast porcelain forms that are frequently cut and reassembled to exaggerate the original form. Weiser works with basic forms mostly drawn from traditional Asian ceramics; the teapot, drinking vessel, and storage jar. He also created a number of globes. In the 1980s he created a series of black and white sgraffito decorated wares inspired by his sketches of the Arizona landscape. His later work is characterized by a sophisticated use of colorful china painting to create elaborate narrative scenes of lush tropical plants, flowers, fruit that frequently included a distorted human face. The botanical scenes were initially inspired by Weiser’s sketches of Thailand. As Weiser perfected his china painting technique he expanded his imagery using antique botanical manuals and art history books as sources of inspiration.

In the early 21st century he began a series of geographic and astral globes. This form allows Weiser to create one continuous scene without obstruction. These globes are displayed on metal stands that allow the globe to spin. Occasionally he distorts the sphere to create an amorphous form.

Weiser was an early proponent of using china paint in studio ceramics during a period when many artists were exploring the surfaces created by wood firing techniques.

An interview with Kurt Weiser conducted May 22, 2006, by Peter Held, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-kurt-weiser-13585.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Carnegie Mellon Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Columbus, Ohio

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

George M. Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto, Canada

Hamline University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Helsinki Museum of Applied Arts,  Finland

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia

Museum of Contemporary Ceramics, Shigaraki, Japan

National Museum of History, Republic of China, Taipei, Taiwan

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

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, Rhode Island

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Washington University Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri

Winnipeg Art Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Yellowstone Arts Center, Billings, Montana

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Held, Peter, ed. Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 2008.

Lewing, Paul. China Paint and Overglaze. Westerville, OH: American Ceramic Society, 2007.

Clark, Garth and Tony Cunha. The Artful Teapot. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2001.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Frank Lloyd Gallery, Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks
1980
1980
1980s
ca 1982-1984
1984
1990
1992
2002
2007
2007
ca 2014
Untitled Teapot
Date: 1979
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.0004, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: AMOCA
American Museum of Ceramic Art, AMOCA, 2004.2.0004, gift of American Ceramic Society
Teapot
Date: 1980
Form: Teapot
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
Teapot # 3-Garth Clark Editions
Date: 1980
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slip Cast
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Globular Covered Jar
Date: ca 1982-1984
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Vessel
Date: 1984
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Sara Parker
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Sara Parker
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Night Garden Teapot
Date: 1990
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: China Paint, Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Portrait Teapot
Date: 1992
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: China Paint, Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Marbleized Teapot with Hand
Date: 1996
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: China Paint, Polychrome
Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
Photo: Smithsonian
Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Howard Kottler Endowment for Ceramic Art
Vase
Date: 2002
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Cast
Surface Technique: Blue and White, Overglaze (On Glaze)
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Orchid Shadow Teapot
Date: ca 2014
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: China Paint
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Array of Tea Bowls
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Overglaze (On Glaze), Underglaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Basket
Form: Basket
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Lidded Jar
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Surface Technique: Glaze
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Jeanne and Bill Porter
Photo: TMP
Holter Museum of Art, gift of Jeanne and Bill Porter
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 5, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/weiser