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Alex Combs, Alex Duff Combs

Biography to Display: 

Born 1919  Hazard, Kentucky

Died 2008  Halibut Cove, Alaska



1952 MFA Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



1942-1945 Deep Sea Salvage Diver, US Navy, Italy

 1952-1955 Professor, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 1955 Potter, Anchorage, Alaska 

 1956 – 1962 Superintendent of Art, Anchorage Public School Districts, Anchorage,Alaska

 1962-1979 Professor, Anchorage Community College, Anchorage,  Allaska



 Alex Duff Combs is known as a potter who worked in stoneware, as well as a painter and a designer.  Combs worked in an abstract expressionist style and is credited with introducing some concepts of modern and conteporary art in Alaska.

In 1975, Combs designed a concrete frieze for an addition to the Anchorage Art Museum which consisted of 40 panels, each weighing several tons[1]

The Alex Combs Award created in his honor is given every year to an Alaskan artist.


“Museum Historical Timeline.” Anchorage Museum, accessed June 22, 2021.


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, Alaska



Bibliography to Display: 

Dunham, Mike and Debra McKinney. “Alex Duff Combs Brought Alaska Modern Art.” Annette Potter Family Genealogy: Potter Family, May 24, 2008.




Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks
ca 1980-1989
Date: ca 1980-1989
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.90, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.90, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified August 20, 2022.