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Les Miley

Biography to Display: 

Born 1934 



BA Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

MA Indiana State University, Terra Haute, Indiana

MFA Ceramics, Sothern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois



1961 – 2001 Associate Professor of Art, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana

1966 – 2009 Director and Instructor, Ceramics Workshop, New Harmony, Indiana



Les Miley is best known for functional salt-fired wheel-thrown stoneware functional pieces. Decorative techniques include combing, sprigging, and manipulation of ash glaze.


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Axner Contemporary Ceramics Collection, Oviedo, Florida

Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, Evansville, Indiana

Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana


Bibliography to Display: 

Lee, Stanley H. “A Sprigging Variation.” Interview with Les Miley. Ceramics Monthly 22, no. 7 (September 1974). ceramics-monthly-sep74-cei0974d.pdf (




Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks


Jar with Lid
Date: 1975
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 11 inches in diameter
Surface Technique: Salt Fired, Textured Surface
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.193
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.193

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 22, 2023.