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Marie Woo

Biography to Display: 

1928 Born Seattle, Washington

EDUCATION

1954 BFA University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1954 California College of Arts

1956 MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Studied with Kaneshige a Japanese Living National Treasure, Tokyo, Japan

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

2007 Fuping International Ceramic Residency, Shaanxi, China 

2001 Shiwan Ceramic Residency, FoShan-Chanchen, China

2005 San Bao Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China

Residency, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1956-1960 & 1988 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

1963-1965 University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

1965-1967 Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

1980-1990 College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan

 

Marie Woo’s is known for wheel-thrown and manipulated vessel and sculptural forms. Woo’s surface techniques include both interior and exterior incised and carved markings and the use of a pallet personal glazes.

Once thrown Woo begins the process of tearing the vessel edges, forcing the shape into irregular volumetric forms and sometimes adding hand built objects to be contained by the form. These hand built organic forms retain a vessel reference.  Throughout her career, Woo formulated her own glazes. She has found inspiration from her studies in Japan, China, Korea and teaching in Thailand.

Woo was an influential teacher at the University of Michigan where Roberta Griffith was one of her students.   Woo also taught at the University of Washington and College of Creative studies.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Crocker Art Museum / Sacramento, California

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

Everson Museum of Art / Syracuse, New York

Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Incheon World Ceramic Center, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The International Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jiangxi, China

Jones Art Museum, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Latvia National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia

Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California

Mott Foundation, Flint, Michigan

Musee Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland

Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, St Petersburg, Russia

Shigaraki Ceramic Museum, Shiga, Japan

Shiwan International Ceramic Museum, Foshan, China

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“Marie Woo.” Ceramics Monthly 40, no, 4 (April 1992).

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. London, England: Calmann & King Ltd., 2000.

____________. Working with Clay. Englewood Cliff, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.

Rhodes, Daniel. Clay & Glazes for the Potter,1st ed. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co.,1963.

Rhodes, Daniel and Robin Hopper. Clay and Glazes. 3rd ed. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.

Woo, Marie. “Balance and Harmony.” Studio Potter (December 1991).

_________.  “Chinese Folk Pottery.” Studio Potter (December 1999).

_________. “Water Kilns.”  Revista Internecinal Ceràmica 100 (2006).

Woo, Marie and Suzanne Stephenson“Water Kilns in China.” Ceramic Technical 13 (2001).

 

 

Typical Marks
1965
Cylindrical Vase
Date: 1965
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection Mills College Art Museum, Gift of the Artist, Antonio Prieto Memorial Collection of Contemporary Ceramics
Collection Mills College Art Museum, Gift of the Artist, Antonio Prieto Memorial Collection of Contemporary Ceramics
Lidded Vessel
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Sculpture
Photo: Artist
Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Sculpture
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Sculpture
Materials: Mixed Media
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Artist
Chimney Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection

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