Mon, Jul 3, 2017 10:00AM EDT - Fri, Jul 21, 2017 12:30PM EDT
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Vessel, #1707, 2017. Stoneware, Anagama Wood Fired. 25" x 11" x 11". Value $5,400. Photography: Dean Powell Photography, Lexington, MA.
This exceptional, large vessel form with its distinctive rich coulee of glaze is by Chris Gustin. Born in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, he grew up in Los Angeles, California, Chris was surrounded by ceramics from an early age. His family were part owners of several commercial whiteware ceramic manufacturing companies. He went to the University of California, Irvine in 1970 and studied biology and sociology. Because of his interest in clay, Chris took an introductory studio ceramic course with John Mason. In 1972 he attended the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving a BFA in ceramics in 1975 then received is MFA in 1977 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He was Assistant Professor of Ceramics. In 1985, the Program in Artisanry moved to the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Chris became Associate Professor of Ceramics and head of the ceramics program. Swain School subsequently merged in 1988 with Southeastern Massachusetts University, now the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. In 1982, Chris moved his studio to South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, purchasing and renovating an 8000 square foot building that was an old chicken farm. This building became both his studio and living space. Today he is one of the most honored of American potters and his work is in numerous museum collections across the work.