The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
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1942 Born Portland, Oregon
1965 BA Art Colorado College
1968 BFA and MFA Painting Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE
Frank Boyden was a painter before he began working with clay in 1968; then finally giving up painting in 1972 to give his full time to clay. His skills as a draftsman led him to explore ways to incorporate drawing on the surfaces of his pieces. From 1968 to 1981 he worked mostly with locally sourced glaze material and clays that are then thrown and low fired. Since 1993 he has worked only with porcelain on which he continued to perfect his drawing skills. The subject matter of the surface treatments on his work reflects his interests in his immediate environment.
Boyden is also known for his long-standing collaboration with fellow ceramicist Tom Coleman. Coleman threw vessels, including bowls and vases, and Boyden drew, carved into and manipulated the surfaces, often depicting animals such as fish and birds; theses pots were mostly wood fired.
In 1984 Boyden, Tom Coleman and Nils Lou built the sixth Anagama kiln in America. He spent the next 30 years perfecting the discipline of wood firing at high temperatures.
Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York
Arabia, Helsinki, Finland
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho
Charles Chu Asian Art Reading Room, Connecticut College Library, New London, Connecticut
Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
Grimmerhus Ceramic Museum, Fyn, Denmark
Harlow Collection, Bemidji University, Bemidji, MN
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon
Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Kinsey Institute, University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana
Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Lake Oswego Public Library, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Illinois
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
Millersville University Art Galleries, Millersville, Pennsylvania
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
Museum of Decorative Arts, Riga, Latvia
Museo de Arte Costarricense, San Jose, Costa Rica
Newport Public Library, Newport, Oregon
New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondhiem, Norway
Northern Arizona University Art Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona
Oregon Historical Society, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Oregon
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon
Pushkin Museum, Moskva, Russia
Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin
Reed College Rare Books Collection, Portland, Oregon
Skaelskor International, Ceramic Center, Denmark
Smith College Library, Northampton, Massachusetts
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Stanford University Library, Palo Alto, California
Stedelijke Musea, Museum of Fine Arts, Oostende, Belgium
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
Taideteollisuusmuseo (National Museum of Applied Art), Helsinki, Finland
Tongass Historical Museum, Ketchikan, Alaska
Topeka Public Library, Topeka, Kansas
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
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