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Larry Elsner

Biography to Display: 

Born 1930 Gooding, Idaho

Died 1990 Logan, Utah

 

EDUCATION

1955-1957 BFA Utah State University, Logan, Utah

1958 MFA Colombia University, New York, New York

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1953-1955 US Navy

1960-1990 Professor, Utah State University, Logan, Utah

 

BIOGRAPHY

Larry Elsner is known for abstracted hand-built mid-range oxidation fired vessels and animal sculptures. His work is often unglazed, scraped, and decorated with ribbon patterns and oxide stains. Common themes throughout his work included the human figure, cats, horses, vessels, and other simplified figures.

 Elsner was inspired to stone scrape his pots after seeing this treatment on anagama-style wood fired pots in Japan. The scraping reveals more colors left by the wood firing.  Elsner scraped his pieces to reveal the texture and patterns inscribed before firing. He also ground his pots post-firing.

Elsner grew up on his family’s ranch, which also inspired his work.  He attended the University of Idaho from 1948 to 1951 to study industrial arts, and joined the US Navy in 1953.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Collections

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Elsner, Larry E. Larry E. Elsner: Retrospective. Logan, UT: Utah State University, 1992.

Flannery, John. “Larry Elsner.” Ceramics Monthly 30, no. 1, Jan. 1982 (cover).

Hansen, Victoria. “Larry Elsner: Retrospective.” Ceramics Monthly, Nov. 1993.

“News and Retrospective: Larry Elsner, 1930-1990.” Ceramics Monthly, May 1990.

Olpin, Robert S, William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Painting and Sculpture. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1991.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie Rogers. 150 Years Survey Utah Art, Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

Circular stamp: insignia inside circle.

Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2004.2.337, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, 2004.2.337, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 24, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/elsner