Pottery by Eugene
Photo Credit: Ted Degener / Courtesy the Artists
Remarks: The Eugenes at their studio in Cowpens, SC on March 21, 2022.
Pottery by EugeneAmerican, b. 1985
We have been making pottery since 1968 and continue to create new and inspiring stoneware pottery today. We have no desire to retire; we have however slowed down somewhat, but we continue to be inspired by everything and everybody. We continue to make “A Minority in Relief”. This series is one of our first lines of functional and decorative ware.
The faces are drawn into the surface of leather hard stoneware clay with pencil. Images are then carved out and clay is then removed with a ceramic cleaning tool. This raises each face and then details are added to the faces by etching the details in with a needle. This bas relief technique is done free hand so each face on every teapot is different. The teapot is bisqued before glazing and then fired at cone 8, which makes it very functional for tea or any hot beverage. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Creating stoneware pottery for the past 36 years has given us so much joy and pleasure and seeing how our collectors respond to our efforts keeps us on our toes. We have no words that could thank them for all these years of support and the love they show for our works, so we continue to create new designs and glazes so that they will have something to add to their collection.
We have appeared in many newspapers, magazines, books, and TV and continue to participate in craft festivals.
Timeline of Shows, Publications, and Awards
A Gathering: Works from Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists – traveling show
Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists - book by Donald A Clark and Chotsani Elaine Dean
Waterford Craft Exhibits and Catawba Valley Pottery Festival
The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse” traveling show curated by Valeries Cassel Oliver for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Dirty South - exhibition catalogue by Valeries Cassel Oliver
What Makes a Potter - book by Janet Koplos
Place it/Face It: Pottery by Eugene - 30 year retrospective curated by Jane Przybysz for McKissick Museum at University of South Carolina, catalogue included
Winton and Rosa Eugene received Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, SC
Pottery Show of Southern Pottery
When the Spirit Speaks – book by Margaret Allen
Museum of International Folk Art Collection, Sante Fe, NM
[Source: Rosa Eugene D.F.A. and Winton Eugene D.F.A. 5/23/22]
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