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Laura Andreson

Biography to Display: 

1902Born, San Bernardino, California
1999Died, Los Angeles, California

EDUCATION

1932BA University of California, Los Angeles, California
1937MFA Painting, Columbia University, New York, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1933-1970Faculty, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
1934Founder, UCLA Ceramics Program

 

Laura Andreson established one of the first academic ceramics programs in America at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is credited with reviving the art of pottery making in America. In 1944 she learned to throw on a potter’s wheel, opening the door to her career-long passion for making and refining simple vessel forms. Initially Andreson worked in low-fired earthenware with brightly pigmented glazes of yellows, reds and turquoise-greens with an undercoating of oxide stains. In 1948 she began using stoneware for which she developed a range of stoneware bodies and glazes. In 1957 Andreson began work in porcelain. Her work reflected her interest in the forms of Scandinavian design, techniques of Persian reduction firing and Japanese ceramic colors.

Her creative process radically differed from that used by most potters. She typically started with a glaze and then decided what kind of vessel to create for it. After retiring she continued her pioneering research developing new firing techniques, clay bodies and glazes, providing future generations of clay artists with valuable technical information.

Andreson’s papers are in The Smithsonian Institution's National Archives of American Art. An excerpt from an interview with Laura Andreson conducted May 20, 1981 by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art’s Oral History Program is available at:
http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-laura-andreson-13075.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Antonio Prieto Memorial Collection of Contemporary Ceramics, Mills College, Oakland, California

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California

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

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California

Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Ravenna, Italy

Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, an example purchased in 1946; among the first major museums to recognize her importance

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

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

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

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

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Andreson, Laura. A Retrospective in Clay. San Diego, CA: Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art, 1982.

Bray, Hazel V. The Potter's Art in California, 1885 to 1955. Oakland, CA: Oakland Museum, 1980.

Clark, Garth, and Margie Hughto. A Century of Ceramics in the United States, 1878-1978. New York, NY: Dutton, 1979.

_______________. CERAMICSLos Angeles, CA: UCLA Art Galleries, 1970.

Herman, Lloyd E. American Porcelain: New Expressions in an Ancient Art. Forest Grove, OR: Timber Press, 1980.

Emery, Olivia H. Craftsman Lifestyle: The Gentle Revolution. Pasadena, CA: California Design Publications, 1977.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceramics: From Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms, 1607 to the presentNew York, NYHarry N. Abrams, 1988.

_______________. "Pioneers of Contemporary American Ceramics: Laura Andreson, Edwin and Mary Scheier." Ceramics Monthly, May 1976.

Storr-Britz, HildegardOrnaments and Surfaces on Ceramics. Translated by James Storr. Dortmund, Germany: Verlagsanstalt Handwerk, 1977.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: College Archives, New York State College of Ceramics

 

Typical Marks
1946
1961
1975-1981
Courtesy of Treadway Gallery Auction
Courtesy of Treadway Gallery Auction
Bowl
Date: 1975-1981
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
 Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Bryce Holcombe, Pace Gallery
Photo: John Polak
Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Bryce Holcombe, Pace Gallery
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Bowl
Date: 1961
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Bryce Holcombe, Pace Gallery
Photo: John Polak
Everson Museum of Art Collection, gift of Bryce Holcombe, Pace Gallery
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Cookie Jar
Date: 1946
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
 Everson Museum of Art Collection, Purchase Prize given by Haeger Potteries, 11th Ceramic National, 1946
Photo: John Polak
Everson Museum of Art Collection, Purchase Prize given by Haeger Potteries, 11th Ceramic National, 1946
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Vase
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Treadway-Toomey Gallery
Photo: Treadway-Toomey Gallery
Vase
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Treadway-Toomey Gallery
Photo: Treadway-Toomey Gallery

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified February 2, 2016. http://themarksproject.org/marks/andreson