Decorating Laxshmi for her day giving blessings at her temple, Hampi, India

Decorating Laxshmi for her day giving blessings at her temple, Hampi, India

Coreen Abbott

Coreen completed an MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute and BFA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She has been adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley, CA; Nanjing University of the Arts, China; Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute, China; as well as teaching and living in Faenza, Italy and given numerous workshops in the US, India, Malta, Italy and China.

With studio mates, Winter and Snowy

With studio mates, Winter and Snowy

 

As of March 2017 I closed my studio and home to travel and focus on writing, with a primary focus on a book entitled Shaw's Posters, lecturing and teaching. 

Ceramics has become an integral part of my being. Anyone who has worked with clay understands the endless intrigue, a question never answered, that the medium presents. 

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In 1976, with kiln in tow, I left my hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio for the Colorado mountains intending to finish a degree in psychology.  As most often happens in life, a detour was inevitable.  After establishing a high-fire studio and pottery business in Colorado, I completed a BFA at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.  In 1984 I left Colorado for San Francisco to acquire an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute which was an excellent opportunity to focus exclusively on sculptural problems.  After completing this and exhibiting in many galleries, I left behind a position as Curator of Fine Arts for the California Historical Society to live in the Italian ceramic town of Faenza.  This experience renewed my interest in the functional object and precise brushwork in vibrant colors.

By 1997 I was settled once again in San Francisco and had returned to producing functional and sculptural work.

I’m very grateful for the opportunities to travel and teach in and outside of the U.S.  Which reinforces the fact that no matter where one travels in the world one encounters the current and past uses of clay and the endless variations of visual expressions; a testimony to collective and individual imaginations and creativity; our human nature... the thread that connects us all. 

                                                         
–Coreen Abbott

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Salt Kiln, foreground, Downdraft gas kiln with fiber roof and door, Colorado

Salt Kiln, foreground, Downdraft gas kiln with fiber roof and door, Colorado