Modern Design /07 October 2008

Studio potter, David Cressey subscribes to the radical notion that ceramics need not be functional. In the 1960s his work was included in several of the California Design exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum. His technique of hand-throwing individual elements and joining them in totemic forms demonstrates his artistic philosophy in clay. In 1963 Max Lawrence invited Cressey to be the artist in residence at Architectural Pottery in an effort to capture the modern craft aesthetic. This lot exemplifies the radical spirit of his non-functional sculptural pottery.
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David Cressey

untitled
USA, c. 1960
glazed earthenware
18 w × 12 d × 33 h in (46 × 30 × 84 cm)

Studio potter, David Cressey subscribes to the radical notion that ceramics need not be functional.

Studio potter, David Cressey subscribes to the radical notion that ceramics need not be functional. In the 1960s his work was included in several of the California Design exhibitions at the Pasadena Art Museum. His technique of hand-throwing individual elements and joining them in totemic forms demonstrates his artistic philosophy in clay. In 1963 Max Lawrence invited Cressey to be the artist in residence at Architectural Pottery in an effort to capture the modern craft aesthetic. This lot exemplifies the radical spirit of his non-functional sculptural pottery.

estimate: $15,000–20,000

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