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Erica Wurtz

Biography to Display: 

1964Born Bethesda, Maryland


1987BA Ceramics, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

1993MFA Ceramics, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Dartmouth, Massachusetts


1982-1983Apprentice to Peter Kaiser, Baltimore, Maryland


1994-Present Studio Potter


Erica Wurtz is known for stoneware functional pots and nonfunctional abstracted vessels and sculpture, some wall pieces, some tabletop, some larger. Various parts of each piece are wheel thrown, left until leather hard, then assembled. Many pieces are double-walled. The matte glazes are often sprayed on.

Erica Wurtz sites as influences her undergraduate teachers, Stanley Rosen and Jane Ford Aebersold, her graduate school professors, Chris Gustin, and Karon Doherty, Cubism, and collage.


Bibliography to Display: 

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2000.



Typical Marks

Erica Wurtz typically signs her name, in script, incised into base of pot.

Bowl with Sphere
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand-Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 6, 2020.