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Gene Friley

Biography to Display: 

 

1921 Born, Painesville, Ohio 

 

2019 Died, 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 artistFriley 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 UniversityFriley stated that nature “is the source of all art. I like organic things, earthy substances, textures, and hills1.”  No matter the medium Friley stated that he always returned to the same governing philosophy that “nature is the prime teacher” of all art2.   

 

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

 

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1.Michael Grossberg, “Organic Shapes Inform Retired Professor’s Outdoor Creations.” The Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 10, 2010. https://www.dispatch.com/article/20101010/entertainment/310109854   Last accessed: 21 October 2021 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAGS 

American Museum of Ceramic Arts (AMOCA)  

The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) 

Center for Craft (CfC) 

Ohio State University 

 

 

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, pg. 55-60.  

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 Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

Friley incised, handwritten  

 

 Friley, incised, handwritten
Friley, incised, handwritten
1980-1982
Bowl
Date: 1980-1982
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 2004.2.149, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 2004.2.149, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Platter
Date: 1960-1965
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Incised
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 2004.2.149, gift of American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) 2004.2.149, gift of American Ceramic Society

Citation: Jasmine Beul. "The Marks Project." Last modified November 4, 2021. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/friley