The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramics, 1946 Onward
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1947 Born Savannah, Georgia
1965 – 1966 Coursework in Architecture, Boston Architectural Center, Boston, Massachusetts
1968 Coursework in Fine Art, University of South Carolina Summer School of the Arts, Hilton Head, South Carolina
1970 BFA Ceramics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
1971 Research in Salt Firing, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
1978 MFA Ceramics, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
APPRENCICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
1973 Artist in Residence Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1974 Artist in Residence Grant, National Endowment for the Arts
1975 Artist in Residence Grant , National Endowment for the Arts, Craftsman in Residence, Easley High Schools, Easley, South Carolina
1993-1995 Artist in Residence, The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
1994 Artist in Residence, Capital High School, Helena, Montana
2000 Visiting Artist, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
2007 Visiting Artist, Zhugiagiao, China
2009 Visiting Artist, Woodfire Symposium, Estonian Ceramics Society, Kohila, Estonia
2009 Guest Artist, Oconee Cultural Arts Federation, Watkinsville, Georgia
PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE
1969-1970 Director, Huntington Gallery, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
1970-1973 Studio Potter, North Carolina
1973-1976 National Endowment for the Arts Grants, Visiting Artist, South Carolina
1976-1993 Studio Artist, Watkinsville, Georgia
1979-1981 Summer Ceramics Faculty, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1993-Present Studio Potter, Helena, MT.
2001 Visiting Faculty, Ceramics Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
2002 Recipient of the Roy Acuff Chair for Excellence in the Arts, Ceramics Faculty, Art Department, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
2007 Ceramics Faculty, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee
George Metropoulos McCauley is primarily known for his signature “red neck majolica”, a wood-fired colorful functional pottery and sculpture. McCauley’s artistic practice also includes high temperature wood fired Japanese influenced wares. Interests in Asia, ritual, mysticism, folk art, and his Greek heritage influence his artistic practice.
McCauley identifies his approach to handling clay as casual and finds common ground with the Momoyama Period, Bizen and Iga Ware. Pots are typically decorated with a painterly approach using low fired decorative techniques characterized by non-literal floral designs developed by mixing/brushing color directly on the clay surface in addition to finger painting techniques. Along with his functional ware, McCauley makes narrative sculpture combining clay with wood, metal, and found objects.
He has made several films related to ceramics on potters and developments in the field of ceramics. A Wednesday Night Video Series titled "George’s House of Clay' rounds out his media endeavors, featuring insight into McCauley’s artistic practice – available on YouTube & Instagram.
McCauley developed an exchange program to bring Asian and American potters together to travel, work, and exhibit jointly.
Among the media exposure about McCauley and his work is Bridging the Pacific: a 2012 film by Nagamura Hisaaki, Director’s Work Films in Association with ASO TV in Kumamoto, Japan. The film details McCauley’s work and exhibitions in Japan. The link can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLmhaBezfAk.
Ajo Museum of Asian Art, Seoul, Korea
Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, Tennessee
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana
Asuurkeraamika, Tallinn, Estonia
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
City of Helena, Public Art Committee, Helena, Montana
Customs House Museum, Clarksville, Tennessee
Gunter Stamm Collection, Bonn, Germany
Holter Museum, Helena, Montana
Husqvarna Corporate Headquarters, Tallinn, Estonia
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Kansas
Lewis and Clark Library, Helena, Montana
Macon Museum of the Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia
Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
REM, Athens, Georgia
The Peter and Ann Voulkos Personal Collection, Oakland, California
The Shimada Museum, Kumamoto, Japan
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum, Shanghai, China
University of Great Falls, Great Falls, Montana
University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Oconee Cultural Arts Federation, Watkinsville, Georgia
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Citation: Kuratnick, Jeffrey. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 17, 2023. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/mccauley