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William Manker
American 20th c Ceramic
American, (1902–1997)
William Manker was born in Southern California in 1902, and studied art at the Chouinard School under F. Tolles Chamberlin. In 1924 he worked as a designer with Ernest Batchelder, one of the leaders of the Arts and Crafts movement in California. In 1932 Manker set up his own business where he made low-fire ceramics that he sold to regional stores and galleries. In 1935 Manker began the ceramics department at Scripps College. Soon after he opened a second studio for his own work at Padua Hills, where he produced his cast pieces. He learned wheel throwing from Gertrud Natzler in the late 1930's, though most of his work continued to be cast. His work of the thirties shows an Asian inspiration, of colorful glazes on elegant and refined forms. During the fourties he simplified his shapes and enriched his colors, exploring ox-blood and copper reduction red glazes. From 1940 to 1945 Manker taught at both Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School. During his time there he established pottery exhibitions, which evolved into the Scripps College Ceramics Annuals which continue today. After 1950 he ceased teaching and closed his clay studio, and became more involved in his career as a designer, becoming a color consultant to "House Beautiful" magazine and Chairman of the California Color Society.
"Art at Scripps, the Early Years" exhibition catalog, Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, Ca, 1988.


Artist Objects

Bowl 99.6.3

Bowl 78.11.12

Bowl 99.6.15

Box with Lid 99.6.7.a, b

Covered Box 99.6.6.a, b

Dish 99.6.8

Dish 99.6.1

Leaf Bowl 2000.8.2

Leaf Bowl 2018.25.2

Orb Vase 2014.7.27

Pink Bowl 2014.7.34

Plate 2000.8.3

Plate 99.6.2

Platter 2018.25.3

Platter 2019.3.4

Small Bowl 2018.25.1

Vase 2016.7.70

Vase 2018.12.3


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