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Robert Shay, Bob Shay

Biography to Display: 

Born 1944 New York, New York

 

EDUCATION

BS New York University, New York, New York

MA New York University, New York, New York

1973 MFA University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Faculty Artist, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Dean, Herron School of Design, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indiana

1998 – 2010 Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

2010 – present Professor for Ceramics and Drawing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

2010- onward potter

 

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Shay is best known for slip cast whiteware vessel forms as well as sculptures and platters.  Shay multi-fires work in a gas kiln, using different materials such as batteries, rock salt and unusual items in the first firing to promote scarring. The pieces are then either clear glazed or decorated with china paint and luster and oxidation fired. 

 A shift in Shay’s style in 2010 introduced large ceramic platters conveying a sense of landscape, as well as sculptures glazed and painted to resemble wood or bone rather than clay. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio

Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic

Tempe, Taideteollisuus Museo, Helsinki, Finland

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Features. “Bob Shay,” Ceramics Monthly, (September 1981): 32. Accessed 29. October 2021  ceramics-monthly-sep81-cei0981d.pdf (ceramicartsnetwork.org)

Hale, Whitney. “Fine Arts Dean Robert Shay to Resign,” University of Kentucky News, September 11, 2009. Accessed 29. October 2021 Fine Arts Dean Robert Shay to Resign | UKNow (uky.edu)

Horrell, Deborah. “Bob Shay: New Work,” Ceramics Monthly, 31, no. 2 (February 1983): 31 – 34. ceramics-monthly-feb83-cei0283d.pdf (ceramicartsnetwork.org)

 

 

 

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AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

The Marks Project is not aware of any signatures or marks for this artist.
Vessel
Date: 1984
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.326, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.326, gift of the American Ceramic Society
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 4, 2022. http://themarksproject.org:443/marks/shay-0