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Survey of Mid-Century Ceramics, Part 2: David Cressey

Over the course of a six-decade career as a sculptor, potter and painter, David Cressey developed a distinctive aesthetic that rendered the character and ideology of post-war California. While his aesthetic ran more along the sculpture route, he also designed housewares and decorative ceramics for studios like Architectural Pottery.


Planters designed for Architectural Pottery, 1950s. Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.

Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Cressey was incredibly prolific and proved influential to the modern pottery movement. In his later career, he founded Earthgender Ceramics with his long time friend, studio ceramicist Robert Maxwell. The works produced during the Earthgender years represent not only an exercise in technique, but also a statement of the artist duo. Cressey continued to work and sculpt until his death in 2013.


Turquoise glaze sculpture, 1960s. Photo courtesy of


Hand thrown glazed table lamp, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Atomic Threshhold.


Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.


Sculpture, 1960s. Photo courtesy of The Forrest L. Merrill Collection.


Stoneware wall, 1963. Photo courtesy of


White glaze ceramic planters for Architectural Pottery, 1960s. Photo courtesy of


Table lamps with Leaf texture, 1963. Photo courtesy of Artnet.


Earthgender planters.


Photo courtesy of Hildebrandt Studio.

Event Spotlight: Los Angeles Modern Auction

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The Los Angeles Modern Auction (LAMA) is returning May 22 with some very special pieces for art lovers and mid-century buffs. The Modern Art & Design Auction features an Isamu Noguchi Chess Table, a monumental fiber art commission by Sheila Hicks, sculptures by Harry Bertoia, and decorative arts offerings by Gio Ponti, Pablo Picasso, and Gertrud & Otto Natzler. Photos and details below. Click here to visit the official LAMA website.

  • Preview: May 9–21, 2016 (10am–6pm PT)
  • Auction: Sunday, May 22, 2016 (12pm PT)
  • Location: LAMA, Los Angeles Modern Auction – 16145 Hart St. Van Nuys, CA 91406

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