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Robert Archambeau

Biography to Display: 

 Born 1933 Toledo, Ohio

 Died 2022



1954  University of Toledo,  Toledo, Ohio

1959 BFA Studio Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

1964 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York



2010 Resident, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge Montana




1964-1968 Professor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1968-1991 Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



Robert Archambeau is a Canadian American ceramic artist known for his wheel thrown wood-fired stoneware utilitarian vessels. His bronze lidded jar is a familiar form.

Archambeau’s work is heavily influenced by the mingei style in Japanese pottery. In the 1980s he traveled and worked with potters in Japan, Korea and China.  In the USA, He worked in the studio’s of Jun Kaneko and Akio Takamori.  He is committed to wood firing and has fired with Dan Anderson, Chuck Hindes, John Neely and Torbjorn Kvasbo. Each of these potter’s kilns have a particular quality of firing. Archambeau and these makers are masters of wood firing.[1]

In 2003, Archambeau was the recipient of Canada’s highest artistic honor, Governor’s General Award for Visual and Media Arts. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from NCECA.  His students included 1954, Grace Nickel, Kathryne Koop and Alex Yeung.


[1]  Last accessed: 21 November 2021


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art Pomona, California

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada

Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada

Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada


Bibliography to Display: 

Delacretaz, Helen, and Edward Lebow. Robert Archambeau: Artist, Teacher, Collector. Winnipeg Manitoba Canada: Winnipeg Art Gallery 2004.

“Artist: Robert Archambeau.” Clay Akar, Last accessed: 21 November 2021.

Gotlieb, Rachel. “Robert Archambeau.” The Canadian Encyclopedia, Sept. 30, 2013. Last accessed: 21 November 2021.

McKenzie, Heidi. “David Kayne Gallery: Robert Archambeau.” Ceramics Monthly, Dec. 2012,          p. 52-53

“Robert Archambeau—2014 Arts Awards of Distinction.” Manitoba Arts Council,  Last accessed: 21 November 2021.

“Robert Archambeau: Biography and Statement.” Red Lodge Clay Center  Last accessed: 21 November 2021.




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AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

Rarely signed his work, occasionally may use initials “RA” inscribed with the year.

Covered Jar
Date: 1978
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar
Date: 2000 - 2004
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 2.67 inches in diameter
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.209
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.209

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified July 4, 2023.