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Robert Winokur

Biography to Display: 

1933Born Brooklyn, New York

EDUCATION

1956BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

1958MFA New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1985 Artist-in-Residence, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Arts / Industry, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1958-1963Ceramics, Design and Art History Faculty, North Texas State University, Denton, Texas

1964-1965Co-owner, Cape Street Pottery, Ashfield, Massachusetts

1966-2005Professor Emeritus, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1966, 1970, 1980Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

1978Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

2006Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

2007Northern Clay Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Robert Winokur creates ceramic sculptures that explore the concept of a house as a container. His early work, from the 1970s, consisted of vessel forms and functional domestic ceramics.

Winokur soon moved on to creating more complicated forms including his "Table series" featuring stoneware stewpots and house sculptures on corresponding stoneware bases. He created monumental works, requiring the use of a scaffold.

The colorful geometry that characterizes Winokur's stoneware houses is influenced by the innocence and spontaneity he sees in children's drawings of houses. Winokur's houses explore color and construction. He typically uses a Pennsylvania brick and fire clay to construct slab-built house sculptures, that are usually salt fired. 

In addition to the houses, Winokur's work includes a variety of forms including shrines, wedges, figurative sculptures and special commissions.  

An interview with Robert Winokur conducted July 23 and 24, 2011 by Mija Riedel, 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-robert-winokur-15999

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alberta Potters Association, Calgary, Canada

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland

International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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

Museum of Art, Yixing, P.R. China

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas

Nickle Arts Museum, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Convention Center: Art Collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sambao International Ceramic Art Work Village and the Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezen, China

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

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

State Cultural Museum, Riga, Latvia

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Cooper, Emmanuel. Contemporary Ceramics. London, England: Thames and Hudson, 2009.

Brown, Glen R. 500 Ceramic Sculptures. Ashville, NC: Lark Books, 2009.

Hoffman, Roald. “Robert Winokur’s Houses.” New Ceramics Magazine, May/June 2008.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: robertwinokur.com

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

Website(s):

robertwinokur.com

 

Typical Marks
2012
A Room at the Big House: Eastern State Penitentiay
Date: 2001
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Child's Version of a House
Date: 2003
Two Mythological Birds
Date: 2009
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Wyeth House with Barn
Date: 2009
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Three Sharp Sisters Series
Date: 2010
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware, Porcelain
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
When Intuition Confronts Logic
Date: 2011
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Slab Built, Mixed Methods
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Table with Spur
Date: 2012
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Terracotta
Method: Slab Built, Hand Built, Mixed Methods
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Photo: Artist
Zen Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Pylons
Form: Sculpture
Method: Slab Built
Kavanah Ritual Vessel
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 9, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/winokur-0