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Todd Louis Piker, Cornwall Bridge Pottery

Biography to Display: 

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1970 Apprenticed with Michael Cardew

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1972----Cornwall Bridge Pottery

 

BIOGRAPHY

Todd Piker apprenticed with Michael Cardew in 1970 where he also worked with Svend Bayer. In 1972 he established Cornwall Bridge Pottery where he and his assistants produce functional wood fired stoneware pots. Production includes bowls, platters, pitchers and mugs as well as flower pots, some of which can be very large. The influences on the work range from Cardew to Asian porcelain and French provincial stoneware.

The pots at Cornwall Bridge are made from a clay formulated there and often finished with glazes made from local materials. They are then fired in a 35 foot climbing kiln that is fired 6 times a year.

From the outset of his ceramic career Piker has embraced the apprenticeship model he learned under Michael Cardew. The apprentices produce much the work of Cornwall Bridge and stamp the pieces they make to identify the work as theirs. For Piker this is about more than getting the work done, over the years he has been a guide and teacher to numerous apprentices.  A number of whom have gone on to found their own potteries.  Former apprentices include Chris Giuliano (1977), Mark Hewitt (1979-1983), Mark Skudlarek (1983-1987), Nancy Barringer (1986-1988),  Matt Jones (1994-97), Gogi Milner (1995), Cary Hulin, and Hoyt Barringer.

 

 

 

 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Butler, Ruth C. Ceramics Monthly (March 2001).

Clark, P. B. "Todd Piker and the Cornwall Bridge Influence Sharing Dedication and Passion for Wood-fired Production.” Ceramics Monthly (2001).

Herold, Jane. Michael Cardew: Cardew's Legacyhttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/1304, 2010.

Hunt, Bill. 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada. Westerville, Ohio: American Ceramic Society, 2003. 

Piker, Todd, and Kort Frydenborg. Dance of the Wheel the Pottery of Todd Piker: Conversations with the Artist. Guilford, CT:  Frydenborg Productions, 1991. 

 

Website(s):

www.cbpots.com

Artist's Studio: Cornwall Bridge Pottery, Cornwall Bridge Pottery

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1970
ca 1974-1980
ca 1970-1977
1974-1980
1988—
This  is a typical Cornwall Bridge Pottery mark with Todd PIker's mark
This is a typical Cornwall Bridge Pottery mark with Todd PIker's mark
2015
This is a typical Cornwall Bridge Pottery mark with an apprentice's mark
This is a typical Cornwall Bridge Pottery mark with an apprentice's mark
Pitcher
Date: ca 1970-1977
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.40, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.40, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pitcher
Date: 1979
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Dead Sea Scroll Jar
Date: ca 2015
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
French Bottle
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Unglazed, Woodfire
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
Pair of Bottles
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Woodfire
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP
Jean and Paul Adams Collection
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 2, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/piker