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Norman Schulman

Biography to Display: 

Born 1924  New York, New York

Died 2014  Penland, North Carolina

 

EDUCATION

1950 Diploma, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

1951 BS Art, School of Education, New York University, New York, New York

1958 MFA Ceramic Design, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

 

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1971 Residency, Penland, Penland, North Carolina

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1951-1954 Packaging and Materials Handling Engineer, Wright Aero Division of Curtis Wright, Woodbridge, New Jersey

1954-1956 Supervisor of Packaging Engineering, Wright Aero Division of Curtis Wright, Woodbridge, New Jersey

1958-1965 Ceramics Instructor, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

1965-1973 Associate Professor, Head of Ceramics and Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1974-1975 Professor, Head of Ceramics and Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1975-1977 Professor, Head of Ceramics, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

1978-1982 Norman Schulman Studio, Penland, North Carolina

!982-1984 Head of Ceramics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

1984-2014 Norman Schulman Studio, Penland, North Carolina

 

Biography

Norman Schulman’s series work occupied him for many years which allowed him to explore an idea repeatedly over a long period of time. Between 1956 and 1976 he focused on stoneware serving vessels and tall figurative vessels. It was at this time that he focused on double walled vessels inspired by Islamic ceramics. This body of work often has carved, fluted surfaces, decorated with calligraphic brushstrokes. In 1976, he began producing salt glazed porcelain work. He continued salt firing porcelain through 1993.

At one point, Schulman realized he was primarily interested in painting on vessels.  He turned to producing platters, chargers, cylindrical vases, teapots and bowls all  created to provide a large area for painting. He used engobes, glaze, and slip trailing on this work. Eventually he settled on the stele (a form that is taller than wide with at least 2 flat surfaces.) because it provided large flat areas for painting.

Schulman studied with Ruth Canfield at New York University and with Charles Harder and Ted Randall at Alfred. In 2007, Schulman was the first person to be named a Penland School of Crafts Outstanding Artist Educator.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina

Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio

DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

Fairbanks Gallery, University of Oregon, Corvallis, Oregon

Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Kalamazoo Art Institute, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Newport Art Association, Newport, Rhode Island

Toledo Federation of Fine Arts, Toledo, Ohio

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

University of Iowa Art Museum, Iowa City, Iowa

Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Anderson, Stanley Mace. “Interview with Norman Schulman.” Studio Potter 34 no. 1 (Winter 2005).

Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. London, England: Calmann & King LTD, 2000.

Schulman, Norman. “Cynthia Bringle.” Craft Horizons.

_______________.  “On Kiln Burners.” Studio Potter.

Troy, Jack. Salt Glazed Ceramics. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill Publishers, 1977.

Willoughby, Alan. “Remembering Norm Schulman.” Studio Potter 44 no.1 (Winter/Spring 2016).

 

 

 

Center for CraftCenter For Craft

 

 

AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1958—
ca 1972
1977
1980 - 1986
1985
ca 1992
ca 2000
Teapot with Faces and Shells
Date: 1972
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Slip Trailing
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Vase
Date: 1974
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection 81.8.17
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection 81.8.17
Photo: TMP
Low Vase
Date: 1977
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection 2017.11.34
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection 2017.11.34
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Platter
Date: ca 1980-1986
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.147, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.147, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
1980 - 1986
Photo: TMP
Eccentric Face Platter
Date: 1985
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.75"
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Ceremonial Bowl
Date: ca 2000
Materials: Porcelain
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection 2017.11.14
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection 2017.11.14
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Pitcher
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Salt Glaze, Slip
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives
The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 15, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/schulman