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Red Weldon Sandlin

Biography to Display: 

1958Born Owensboro, Kentucky


1978AA Visual Communications, Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

1986Figure Painting, Continuous Education Program, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

1988Hand-building, Abernathy Community Art Center, Atlanta, Georgia


1978-1989Graphic Designer and Illustrator

1991-2012Hand-building Instructor for adults and children, Abernathy Community Arts Education Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2008-2012Retail Window Designer, Stylist and Prop Maker, Mooncake Clothing Boutique, Atlanta, Georgia

1986—Studio Artist, Decatur, Georgia


Red Weldon Sandlin is known for elaborately painted, hand-built sculptures. Each of her sculptures rests on a plinth painted as a trompe l'oeil book.

The book titles reflect the sculpture above them. Often thematically based on classic children's literature, each title is subtly changed to make a tongue in cheek play on the original. Each of her sculptural assemblages includes a teapot.

Weldon Sandlin is  primarily  self-taught clay artist. She started her career as a graphic designer and illustrator which is evident in her process which begins with sketches and detail motifs drawn on tissue in order to transfer the sketches onto ceramic surfaces.


Public Collections to Display: 

Celestial Seasonings, Boulder, Colorado

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Newark Museum of Art, Newark, New Jersey

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


Bibliography to Display: 

Dietz, Ulysses Grant. Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy. Madison, Wisconsin: Guild Publishing, 2003.

Glueck, Grace,  ”A Proliferation of Pots: from Exquisite to Goofy to Run of the Kiln.” New York Times, March 28, 2003.

Kagan, Dick, “High Tea,” Art and Antiques (May 2004).

Lawton, Jim. 500 Teapots–Volume 2. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 2013.

Triplett, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics. Asheville, North Carolina: Lark Books, 1997.


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Typical Marks

Uppercase R impressed, Cobalt Blue or Black underglaze.

Behind Quiet Veils of Blue Willow
Date: 2001
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Blue and White, Overglaze, Underglaze
 Collection Newark Museum, New Jersey
Collection Newark Museum, New Jersey
Spoutings of a Nightingale
Date: 2002
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built (Book plinth is trompe l'oeil paint on wood.)
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
The Chinese Quinteaspots
Date: 2003
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze (On Glaze), Underglaze
Photo: David Gullisano
A Naughtea Heart of Pine
Date: 2004
Materials: White Earthenware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 8, 2019.