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George Whitten

Biography to Display: 

 Born 1949



BFA Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

1974 MFA Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas



1974 – present Full-time artist

2017 – present Executive Director, Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio



George Whitten is best known for large ceramic sculptures composed of drape-molded, slab-build and or wheel thrown elements. Surface techniques include stamping, carving, tearing, thin glaze applications, etc. Whitten formulates his clay body and glazes using commercially available components. Sculptures are up to four foot high abstracted vessel forms with built up glazed and raku fired surface.    

An apprentice uses cardboard templates to cut out parts which are to be textured and slip is applied before the sculpture is reassembled. Whitten then alters and decorates each piece, applying colored terra sigillata, low-fired glazes and a copper matt finish. First firing in an electric kiln and then he raku fires each piece up to Cone 5 as many as 25 times.

Whitten’s sculptures are featured in the TV series Miami Vice.  Whitten is also an abstract painter.


Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art , Pomona, California

Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

Memphis Academy of Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

Monroe Community College Art Collection, Monroe, Michigan

Ohio Arts Council Collection, Columbus, Ohio



Bibliography to Display: 

Hasselle, Robert. “George Whitten.” Ceramics Monthly¸ 48, no. 4 (April 2000). ceramics-monthly-apr00-cei0400d.pdf (

Hasselle, Bob. “George Whitten: Icons and Artifacts.” In Raku, Pit & Barrel. Firing Techniques. Ceramic Arts Handbook Series, edited by Anderson Turner. Westville: The American Ceramic Society, 2007.

Whitten, George. “Ohio Potters.” The Studio Potter, 11, no. 1, (December 1982): 60. Digital Issue: Woodfiring - Vol. 11 No. 1 | Studio Potter






Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

Whitten inscribed.

Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.221, gift of the American Ceramic Society
American Museum of Ceramic Art 2004.2.221, gift of the American Ceramic Society

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified March 4, 2022.