Garth Clark

Garth Clark

Garth Clark is the Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Ceramic Arts Foundation's publishing projects, journal, and news magazine.

Irving Blum, the pioneering contemporary art dealer who launched Andy Warhol, Ken Price, and Andrew Lord’s careers, calls Garth “ceramic’s great clarifier.” Critic Peter Shjeldahl refers to him as “a welcoming voice—never condescending" and “educational but confident in the reader’s appetite for grown-up complexities." The Mather Award jury of the College Art Association (he was the 2005 award winner) wrote that Garth’s writings “have shaped thought about the field of ceramics and indeed the field itself.” A hydra-headed force in the field, Clark has received many honors: Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London, several honorary doctorates and lifetime achievement awards, the “Art Book of the Year” from The Art Libraries Society of North America, medals from the Independent Publishers Association, and others.

He is the author of many books (over sixty) and several hundred reviews and essays. With Mark Del Vecchio, in 1981 he founded Garth Clark Gallery in New York, Los Angeles, and briefly London and Kansas City, and reigned as the major international space of contemporary ceramics. He founded the Ceramic Arts Foundation in 1979 and was its Director until 2005. An active speaker, Clark has spoken on five continents in thirty countries at over 100 major venues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, to the Sorbonne University, Paris.

The Mad Potter of Biloxi

The Art and Life of George E. Ohr


A brilliantly written, lavishly produced volume on an important yet little- known clay artist.

Misunderstood and unappreciated during his lifetime (1857-1918), George Ohr, America's archetypal artist-potter, pushed the form of the vessel beyond mere function to the point of abstraction. Today the genius of this radical and sophisticated artist has finally been recognized. His thin-walled, paper-light pots, labeled grotesque in his day, are now seen as a tour de force of delicacy and restraint and a stunning exploration of the plasticity of clay. Ruffling, twisting, tearing, and collapsing his fragile pots, Ohr anticipated much of what we take for granted in contemporary art and ceramics.

Stunningly illustrated with 140 color images of his most important pieces, this landmark volume, winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art books from the Art Libraries Society of North America, presents the first major study of Ohr. Beautifully woven together, the text and images confirm a judgment the Mad Potter once passed on himself: "Unequaled! Unrivaled! Undisputed!" he wrote on a sign outside his shop, "Greatest Art Potter on Earth!"

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