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Walter Hyleck

Biography to Display: 

Born 1942 Beloit, Wisconsin

 

EDUCATION

1967     BA Art, Art History, Cum Laude, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota

1967       MFA Ceramics, Art History, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1967-2008 Professor of Ceramics, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

1970 Founded Ceramic Apprenticeship Program, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

1983 United States Representative, First U.S. International Ceramic Symposium, Memphis Academy of Art. Memphis, Tennessee

1984-onward  Morris B. Belknap Chair of Fine Art, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

 

BIOGRAPHY

Walter Hyleck is known for earthenware sculptural assemblages of wheel thrown, slab and cast components as well as wheel thrown functional pottery. In the 1960s work reflected social consciousness and included installation art. Hyleck's work included monumental scale sculptures, installations and domestic scale functional pottery made for everyday use. Surface techniques evolved over his career and include, carving, use of colored Egyptian paste, and ash glaze.

When Hyleck entered graduate school he encountered Glen Nelson. Born and trained in Denmark, Nelson brought to his students at Tulane University, his Scandinavian ethics and the traditions of ceramists working in industry. Upon graduation, at an interview for a position at Berea College, Hyleck was asked a question. His answer materialized three years later when Hyleck founded the Berea College Ceramic Apprenticeship Program. Hyleck credits Nelson’s influence for preparing him to answer the interview question found and continue to develop the Program over many years.

Hyleck was a professor of ceramics at Berea College for 40 years. He was an active member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolinad

University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Dillon, Pamela. “Earth in Balance.” Ceramics Monthly, April 2004, pg. 46-50.

Layer, Aiden. “Walter Hyleck.” Tennessee Arts Commission: Permanent Collection. https://tnartscommission.org/permanentcollection/walter-hyleck/    Last accessed: 2 November 2021.

https://tnartscommission.org/permanentcollection/walter-hyleck/ .  Last accessed: 3 November 2021.

http://www.ilpi.com/artsource/vce/hyleck.html  Last accessed: 3 November 2021.

Greg Willihnganz. Kentucky Historical Society Interview: Interview with Walter Hyleck. Part 1. Interview/2012OH2.35a Kentucky Craft History and Education Association (KCHEA) Oral History Project. https://kyoralhistory.com/ohms-viewer-master/viewer.php?cachefile=2012OH02_35a_.xml  Last accessed: 3 November 2021.

Greg Willihnganz. Kentucky Historical Society Interview: Interview with Walter Hyleck. Part II. Interview/2012OH02.35b a Kentucky Craft History and Education Association (KCHEA) Oral History Project. https://kyoralhistory.com/ohms-viewer-master/viewer.php?cachefile=2012OH02_35b.xml  Last accessed: 4 November 2021.

 

 

 

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AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks

“Hyleck” inscribed in clay, accompanied by a stamped “H” in a square—stamp is manufactured, graphic H.

ca 1970-1981
Bowl
Date: ca 1970-1981
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.121, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.121, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Beul, Jasmine. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 25, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/hyleck-0