Common Ground

Ceramics in Southern California 1945 – 1975

Thru March 31, 2012

American Museum of Ceramic Art
399 North Garey Ave, Pomona

Because of the huge number of Los Angeles area ceramic artists that might have been included in Common Ground, selection was guided by an arbitrary decision to choose those who had a direct connection to artist, art administrator, and designer Millard Sheets (1907-1989). His dynamic personality, inspirational teaching, and business savvy brought recognition to a large group of artists and craftsmen, including many ceramists. Locally, Sheets’s influences filtered through Scripps College, the Los Angeles Art Institute (Otis), the Los Angeles County Fair, Padua Hills Art Colony, Interpace Ceramics Corporation (formerly Gladding, McBean & Company), and his own design studio. Although not the prime focus of the project, Sheets is the common denominator – “the glue” – among the cast of characters.

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