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Douglas K. Casebeer

American, b. 1956

Story Jar

17.5 x 12.5 x 9.25 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Doug Casebeer’s Story Jar is a wheel-thrown stoneware vessel manipulated by indenting the sides of the pot while the clay is still soft and malleable. This imparts a loose and expressive quality to the artist’s work while providing surface texture and sculptural presence. In Story Jar Casebeer has added slabs of textured clay to the sides of the pot, as well as to the lid to form the knob. The piece has been fired with a single glaze that, when applied in differing thicknesses, breaks the composition into three distinct layers of blue-green color, with brush strokes of underglaze painted beneath.

Born in Oklahoma in 1956, Casebeer’s career as a functional potter and educator has spanned continents and decades. After receiving a BFA from Wichita State University and an MFA from Alfred University, Casebeer spent thirty-five years as the associate director and artistic director for ceramics at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. He has worked as a pottery consultant for the government of Germany and the United Nations, while providing outreach for ceramists in Nepal, Chile, Hawaii, and Jamaica. Casebeer believes that ceramics “can bring some sense of joy or beauty into people’s daily life,” by simply being “present with you when you get up in the morning and have your tea or coffee.”

Ayla Murray

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