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Eugene Friley, Gene Friley

Biography to Display: 

Born 1921, Painesville, Ohio

Died 2019 Ohio

 

EDUCATION

1947     BFA Ceramics: Ohio State University

1951     MA Ceramics: Ohio State University

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

May 1943-May 1946  Air Force: WWII Pacific theater

1947-1990 Professor, Ceramics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1958 University of California, Department of Decorative Arts, Irvine, California

 

BIOGRAPHY

Gene Friley was an Ohio ceramicist known for figurative sculptures, organic designs, and two-dimensional wall pieces. As a mature artist, Friley experimented with additional mediums such as concrete and plaster, to complete his sculptural work.

In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, for his 2010 show “Garden Delights” at Ohio State University, Friley stated that nature “is the source of all art. I like organic things, earthy substances, textures, and hills[1].”  No matter the medium Friley stated that he always returned to the same governing philosophy that “nature is the prime teacher” of all art[2]

Friley became an influential professor of ceramics at Ohio State University.  Ohio State University was a pioneering school in ceramic engineering and in 1927 was one of the first schools to establish ceramics as fine art, separate from the ceramic engineering program.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio 

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Eder, Lynn. “The Ohio State University.” Ceramics Monthly, Dec. 1981.  

Friley, Eugene. “The Ohio State University: Bureau of Public Relations.” OSU Faculty, Staff, Alumni Biographical Facts, The Ohio State University: University Libraries. https://library.osu.edu/sites/default/files/collection_files/2020-02/friley_eugene.pdf. 

Grossberg, Michael. “Organic Shapes Inform Retired Professor’s Outdoor Creations.” The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 10, 2010. https://www.dispatch.com/article/20101010/entertainment/310109854. 

 

 

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

Friley incised, handwritten.  

 

ca 1980-1982
Bowl
Date: ca 1980-1982
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.149, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.149, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Platter
Date: ca 1960-1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Incised
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.149, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.149, gift of the American Ceramic Society

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 25, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/friley