Biography

Kathy Erteman

Kathy Erteman, photograph by Sarah Weal

Ceramic artist Kathy Erteman creates vessels as meditations on elegant functionality while disregarding utility. Her work embodies the idea of nonfunction derived from function in a straightforward, clean manner. Erteman loves the simple, the direct, the pared down, the well-executed.

Erteman’s practice includes throwing clay on the wheel, often retaining the ridges of the method on the interior while smoothing the exterior for her glazing technique. She modifies a monoprint technique, placing rough volcanic glaze onto paper, applying the paper to the clay body. She uses varying thicknesses and densities to create the range of effects within her work. Erteman has usually worked with tightly thrown or molded vessel forms, so the monoprint images provide a foil to the precision.

Erteman has been working professionally with ceramics for over 40 years, beginning her career as an intern for Judy Chicago for the “Dinner Party.” Erteman has had extensive exhibitions throughout the United States as well as within the Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, China. She has served as a professor at Parsons School of Design and the State University of New York at New Paltz; she has also given lectures at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, and at the US Embassy for Tibet in China, where she was a Cultural Exchange Grant recipient.

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EDUCATION
BFA, California State University, Long Beach 
Undergraduate studies UCLA, Department of Fine Arts 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015    Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico  
2013    George Billis Gallery, New York 
​            Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington DC
2012    Gremillion & Co. Fine Arts, Houston, TX  
2010    Cross Mackenzie Gallery, Washington DC
2009    Burger Art Galleries, Kean University, Union, NJ

Jane Hartsook Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery  
American Craft Museum Window Showcase, New York 
Maveety Gallery, Salishan, OR   
Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA   
Lawrence Gallery, Portland, OR   
Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO   
Walter White Fine Arts, Carmel, CA   
Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA   
Contemporary Craft Association, Portland, OR  
Confluence/Influence in Contemporary Abstraction, Dorsky Gallery,
​            Long Island City, New York
Shirt Factory Artists, Wired Gallery, High Falls, New York 
Hot Pots, Clay Art Center, Port Chester , New York
Faculty Exhibition, Greenwich House Pottery, New York

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016    American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Festival, Minneapolis, MN 
​            In the Cast, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA 
​            Architectural Digest Home Show, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, New York
​            Celadon Gallery, Watermill, New York 
2015    Faculty Exhibition, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
2014    American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Festival, Minneapolis, MN
2013    In the Cast, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2012    Architectural Digest Home Show, Cross Mackenzie Gallery, New York
​            Celadon Gallery, Watermill, New York
2011    Faculty Exhibition, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
2010    Illuminations, Liebovitz Gallery, Bard College / Simons Rock, MA 
​            Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory, Philadelphia Art
​                 Alliance, PA 
2009    Modernism, Mark MacDonald, New York
2008    Maxwell Gallery, Peekskill, NY 
​            Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York 
​            Dine on Design, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NY 
2007    Ceramic Explorations in Black & White, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
​            Plates & Platters Salon Style, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 
​            Eat with your Eyes, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 
​            Bowls, Cross-Makenzie Ceramic Arts, Washington DC
2006    Kathy Erteman & Maren Kloppmann, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, CA 
​            Black & White, Cross-Makenzie Ceramic Arts, Washington, DC
​            30X5, Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA 
​            National Ceramics Invitational, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC 
​            Friends: With a Vision, Weber Fine Arts, Greenwich, CT 
2005    Poetry of Pottery, Maryland Federation for the Arts, Baltimore, MD
​            Masters in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA   
2004    Power of Pottery Invitational, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL 
2003    Masters in Clay, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA 
​            Power of Potter Invitational, Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL  
2002    For the Table, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM 
2001    International Infusion, Sybaris Gallery, Royal Oak, MI 
​            Objects for Use-Handmade by Design, American Craft Museum,
​                 New York
2000    Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Contemporary Ceramics:
​                 1950-2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California 
​                 Ceramic National, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY  
​            Black and White, Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York 
1999    To Life To Light, American Craft Museum, New York
​            Strictly Functional Pottery National, PA
​            National Teapot Show IV, Cedar Creek Gallery, NC 
​            Faculty Show Greenwich House Pottery, New York
1998    Small Works 6, Parsons School of Design, New York
​            Whichcraft Gallery, Millburn, NJ 
​            Made in Clay, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
​            Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN 
1996    Greenwich House Pottery, New York
​            Parsons School of Design, New York
​            Friedman Images Gallery, Louisville, KY
1995    The American Craft Museum, New York

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2016    Art Ichol International Ceramic Sculpture Residency & Symposium,
​                 Maihar India
2012 - 2014 Ngawang Choephel Professional Fellows Cultural Exchange
​                    Fulbright 
2010    State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs & The
​                 Mountain Institute  
​            Tibet/US Cultural Exchange Grant, senior design consultant  
2009    United Nations Committee for Sustainable Economic Development,
​                Presentation 
2007    Aid to Artisans / The Mountain Institute / USAID, design consultancy,
​                 Yunnan, China with Nixi Tibetan Potters
2006    New York Creates Artist Technology Grant
1999    New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
1998    Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum benefit designer, participant
1992    Juror, Marin Arts Council, Grants to Individuals
1990    President, Board of Directors, Arts Benicia, a non-profit arts organization
1986    Curator, Modern Pottery, Mendocino Art Center, CA
1976 - 1978 Dinner Party Project / Judy Chicago

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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​            Zollner, Andrew. “The Craft of Design,” American Craft Digital Issue,
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2012    O’Keeffe, Linda. Stripes: Design Between the Lines, Monacelli Press,
​                 page 147  
2010    O’Keeffe, Linda. Brilliant: White in Design, Monacelli Press
​            Erteman, Kathy. “Crossing Over,” Studio Potter, Summer/Fall,
​                 Volume 38, Number 2, page 16 
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​                 page 108 
​            Dorian, Donna. “Brimful of Elegance,” Garden Design, November,
​                 page 23 
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​                 Publications, page 10 
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​                 page 313 
​            “Urban Legends,” Bon Appetit, November, page 166 
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​                 January, page 407 
1998    Fina, Angela & Chris Gustin. The Best of Pottery: Volume 2, Quarry
​                 Books, page 39 
​            “Modern Living,” Metropolitan Home, November, page 84 
​            O’Keeffe, Linda. “Natural Grace,” Metropolitan Home, July, page10 
​            “Accessories,” Interior Design, May
1997    "Style Beat,” House Beautiful, December, page 28 
​            Loughran, Patrick. “Baladé a New York,” Ceramique et du Verre,
​                 September, page 36
1994    O’Keeffe, Linda. “Potted Tales,” Elle Décor, April, page 42 
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​                 pages 38-43 
​            “Opposites Attract”, Home, May, page 121 
​            Patton, Phil. ”Design,” Esquire, March, page 31 
​            Smith, Roberta. ”The Shop as the Mirror of a Museum’s Soul,” The
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​                 Artforum, March
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​            Williams, Gerry. “A Survey of Bay Area Potters,” Studio Potter,
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DESIGN
Tiffany 
Dansk 
Crate & Barrel 
Aid to Artisans 
Peter Marino Architect 

TEACHING & WORKSHOPS
1996-Present  Ceramic Instructor, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
2012-2014  US / Tibet Cultural Exchange Study Tour, USA & China
2012    Clay Monoprints with Kathy Erteman, Clay Arts Guild of the Hamptons,
​                 Water Mill, NY
2011    Monoprint on Clay Workshop, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
2010    US State Department Tibet Cultural Exchange Tour, Jingdezhen, China
​            Design Workshop, California State University, Long Beach, CA
​            Lecture, Simon's Rock / Bard College, Great Barrington, MA
2009    Museum of Art & Design, New York
2008    Artist in Residence, Singapore American School, Singapore
​            Monoprint on Clay Workshop, Teachers College, Columbia University,
​                 New York, NY
2007    Workshop and Panel Discussion, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
​            Dinner Party China Painting Workshop, Brooklyn Museum of Art,
​                 Brooklyn, NY
2006    Luster & China Paint, Greenwich House Pottery, New York
​            Plaster Turning Workshop, SUNY New Paltz, New York
2005    Artist in Residence, SUNY New Paltz, New York
2003    Brooklyn Museum of Art, China Paint Workshop, Brooklyn, NY
1997    Artist in Residence and Adjunct Professor, SUNY New Paltz, New York 
1996-1999 Parsons School of Design, New York
1989    Guest Lecturer and Visiting Artist, Bezalel Academy of Art,
​                 Jerusalem, Israel
1977-1980 City of Cerritos Ceramic Program Instructor, Cerritos, CA

COLLECTIONS
Surdna Foundation, New York, NY
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 
Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Republic of China 
Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA 
Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale, AZ 
University of Oregon Museum of Art, Portland, OR 
Dorothy Weiss, Oakland, CA 
SC Johnson Corporate Collection, Racine WI 
San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo, Texas 

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