Robert Briscoe

Artist Statement

For over 40 years, I have been a potter for the sheer, simple pleasure of making things with my own hands. Watching the studio fill up with fresh pots, with new ideas to work out each working cycle, is a continuous joy. Making my living through pot making has always been a goal, but most importantly is my desire to create pots that are beautiful to look at and hold. I want them to give distinct pleasure in use, and carry some resonance between myself and the user. It is important to me that my pots end up somewhere people are cooking and eating and sharing. I work to make simple, sensual pots with quiet but robust surfaces made in a scale to convey generosity.

Artist Bio

Robert Briscoe lives in rural Harris, Minnesota and has been a potter for over 44 years making functional stoneware. Sected collections include the Weisman Museum of Art, Minneapolis MN, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution at, Washington DC, the Racine Art Museum, Racine WI, the Margaret Harlow Collection, at Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN, the Coleen and Dennis Bindley Collection of Wisconsin, The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, The Arizona State Ceramic Research Center. Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1947, Robert graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Economics. Ceramics Studies with Angelo Garzio. Apprenticed with James Vandergriff of Zarah, Kansas in 1967, and Lou and Al Wynne of Black Forest, Colorado in 1968.