Modern Ceramics

Cowan's has partnered with Garth Clark and Mark DelVecchio, internationally renowned dealers, authors, and scholars, to present semi-annual Modern Ceramics Auctions. These are the first regular auctions in the United States focused solely on modern and contemporary ceramics.

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Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, Directors

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Garth Clark
Garth Clark is the author of over 50 books and 250 essays on 20th century and contemporary ceramics. He has received numerous honors for his work including being made a Fellow the Royal College of Art, London and honorary doctorates from Staffordshire University in Britain and the Kansas City Art Institute among others. In 2005 he was the recipient of the College Art Association's Mather Award for distinguished art journalism. In 1981, together with Mark Del Vecchio he founded the Garth Clark Gallery in Los Angeles and then New York, and Kansas City. In 2007 the gallery was closed and a new entity Clark+DelVecchio, private dealers, was formed in Santa Fe, NM.

Mark DelVecchio
Mark DelVecchio is the author of the highly-acclaimed "Post Modern Ceramics". He has received the Visionaries award from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, a lifetime achievement award from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics and an honorary doctorate from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has directed the Garth Clark Gallery since 1981 overseeing the presentation of more than six hundred exhibitions during the life of the gallery.  Together with Dawn Bennett and Garth Clark he organized the massive Ceramic Millennium Conference in Amsterdam in 1999 that attracted 56 national delegations and 3,500 attendees. He is now director of Clark+DelVecchio in Santa Fe, NM.


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Lidya Buzio (1948, Uruguay)
Lot # 156 - Lidya Buzio (1948, Uruguay)
Untitled Roofscape Charger #XV/88 
Earthenware; dia. 16 in.
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Albert Green (1914-1994; USA)
Lot # 13 - Albert Green (1914-1994; USA)
Square Bottle with Wide Mouth and Red and White Stripes
ca 1986-94
Stoneware; ht. 11.5, wd. 7.5, dp. 2.75 in. 
Signed Green on base
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Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011; USA)
Neighborhood Scene by Charles Schlein
Lot # 241 - Neighborhood Scene by Charles Schlein
Charles Schlein (Russian-born American, 1899-1988). Oil on canvas, housed in a wood frame. The painting depicts a dense neighborhood scene with houses and trees. The foreground shows a yard and patio with a man and a woman. Influenced by artists of the Ashcan School, under whom he studied, and a long-time contributor to the WPA, Schlein's work is preoccupied with social issues and urban dynamism. Signed and dated 1932, l.r.; 31.5 x 33.75 in. (sight).
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Rookwood Standard Glaze Vase With Collie, by E.T. Hurley
Lot # 259 - Rookwood Standard Glaze Vase With Collie, by E.T. Hurley
American (Cincinnati), 1904. A Rookwood standard glaze vase designed with a collie dog, executed by E.T. Hurley, with Rookwood logo, 1904 date, artist's signature and shape 904CC; ht. 9.75 in.
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Chris Gustin (1952, USA)
Lot # 163 - Chris Gustin (1952, USA)
Massive Vessel #0504 
Porcelain; ht. 20.75, wd. 28, dp. 22.5 in.
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Otto Heino  (1915-2009, USA)
Lot # 38 - Otto Heino (1915-2009, USA)
Cobalt Blue Vase, 1998
ht. 10, wd. 4.25 inches
Artist signature incised on base

The blue glaze on this piece is a trademark of Otto Heino. The small lug handles are exquisite.
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Potters' Market: Mark Hewitt Pitcher and Two Mugs 
Lot # 237 - Potters' Market: Mark Hewitt Pitcher and Two Mugs 
(Born 1955, England)

ca 1985

Salt-glazed stoneware. Pitcher: ht. 7.5 in.

From the Collection of Dorothy Miner.
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Abstract Watercolor by Grace Martin Taylor
Lot # 250 - Abstract Watercolor by Grace Martin Taylor
Grace Martin Taylor (American, West Virginia, 1903-1995), 1958. An abstract Modernist watercolor with multicolored geometric motifs, signed Grace Martin Taylor and dated 1958 l.r., additional date of June 27, 1958 written in pencil l.l. and on verso; 29 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (sight).

Martin Taylor was a prominent American Modernist who gained national acclaim for her watercolors and woodcuts. She was a student of Hans Hoffman. Her work is included in numerous museum and private collections and has been featured nationally and internationally in exhibitions of American abstraction.
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<i>Lithographe I</i> Color Lithographs by Joan Miro
Lot # 92 - Lithographe I Color Lithographs by Joan Miro
Joan Miro (Spanish, 1893-1983). Twelve original lithographs in color from Lithographe I, 1972; largest 12.5 x 19.5 in.
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Potters' Market: Vivika Heino and Otto Heino Copper Red Bowl 
Lot # 230 - Potters' Market: Vivika Heino and Otto Heino Copper Red Bowl 
(1910-95, USA) and (1915-2009, USA)


Signed, red flambe, porcelain, ht. 2.5, dia. 7.5 in.
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Karen Karnes (1925, USA)
Lot # 125 - Karen Karnes (1925, USA)
Salt-Glazed Lidded Vessel
ca 1980
Stoneware; ht. 6.75, dia. 4.75 in.
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Stuart Shulman Art Glass
Lot # 257 - Stuart Shulman Art Glass
Stuart Shulman (American, 20th century). Two blown glass sculptures in plumb and milky iridescent colors, marked Shulman '85 and Schulman '86; each, dia. 9.5 in. 
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Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011; USA)
Lot # 210 - Toshiko Takaezu (1922-2011; USA)
Set of Three Tea Bowls
ca 1975
Stoneware; largest ht. 2.75, dia. 3.5 in.
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Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009, Germany)
Lot # 46 - Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009, Germany)
Untitled #180790
ca 1991
Porcelain; ht. 6.5, wd. 8.5, dp. 3 in. 
Numbered 180790 on base.

Few 20th century artists have worked with porcelain as dramatically and as unconventionally as Duckworth. Porcelain is referred to by potters as being a ‘tight’ body, meaning that it has little plasticity and is ungenerous in modeling. In Duckworth’s hands porcelain takes on organic vitality. This work is one of the artist’s finest. Large and and spacious, its abstracted wings create a powerful white arc. It is named Untitled as is most of Duckworth’s work because the artist believes that titles are limiting.

Illustrated: Ruth Duckworth: Keramische Objecte, Schleswig-Holsteinisches, Landsmuseum, 1994, page 24.

Reference: Lauria, Jo and Birks, Tony. Modernist Sculptor. Aldershot (UK): Lund Humpries, 2005.
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Jon Middlemiss (1949; UK)
Lot # 37 - Jon Middlemiss (1949; UK)
Blue and White Bowl
ca 1990
Stoneware; ht. 8.75, wd. 12, dp. 4.25 in.
Artist stamp on base.

Middlemiss specializes in finely made individual work and has had many international awards and commendations and is in collections around the world. In the artists own words: "I have always worked with themes of transformation, journeys and pathways. Often these are distilled into vessel forms exploring the ideas through formal and geometric symbolism. Each session of ceramic work begins with contemplation and drawing. I then use a variety of techniques and methods of forming, glazing and firing, often starting with thrown forms on the wheel."
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Albert Green (1914-1994, USA)
Lot # 112 - Albert Green (1914-1994, USA)
Tall Bottle Vase
ca 1980
Stoneware; ht. 12.5 in.
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Claude Conover (1907-1994; USA)
Lot # 2 - Claude Conover (1907-1994; USA)
"Haas" Vessel
ca 1980
Stoneware with slip surface and incising; ht. 23 in.
Signed and titled on underside of base.
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<i>Jens Risom</i> Midcentury Danish Armchairs
Lot # 145 - Jens Risom Midcentury Danish Armchairs
Danish, 20th century. A pair of armchairs by Jens Risom with yellow cushions; oah 29 in.
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Large Loetz Centerpiece
Lot # 134 - Large Loetz Centerpiece
Austrian, early 20th century. A large Loetz centerpiece in iridescent glass, having a ruffled rim; ht. 3.5 in., dia. 11 in.
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