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Elaine Coleman

American, b. 1945

circa mid 1970's

11 x 10 x 31.5 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Elaine Coleman’s Bottle exhibits the characteristics for which her porcelain vessels are best known: celadon glazes and careful, intricate carving. Coleman works closely with her husband Tom: she developed a laborious method for inscribing the vessels he throws that produces both delicate line work and surface texture. Her use of celadon glazes pays homage to the influence of East Asian aesthetics in American ceramics. Nature is often her source of inspiration and the subject of her carving. In Bottle, she has incised a leaf-and-bird pattern, which against the celadon glaze gives the work an enchanting presence.

Elaine Coleman trained at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and has been a working studio potter in Oregon and Nevada. She and her husband became well-known in the western United States through their teaching workshops and studio

Matthew Limb

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