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Richard Petterson
Contemporary Ceramic
American, (1911–1996)
Born in 1911 in Tiensien, China, Petterson showed an interest at an early age in Chinese ceramics. After attending Pei Yang University in China he returned to the United States and enrolled at UCLA, where he studied design and crafts. In 1938 he graduated with a teaching credential and after some additional study at UCLA and The University of Chicago, took a teaching position at Pasadena City College, where he taught ceramics from 1939-1941. From 1941-1946 he directed a summer art and craft program at the University of Chicago. In 1947 he was invited by Millard Sheets to join the faculty at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate School. There he introduced newly designed wheels, making the transition from the casting procedures of William Manker to wheel-throwing and from low-fire earthenware to high-fire stoneware and porcelain. He exposed students to new developments in the ceramics field by bringing prominent potters such as Bernard Leach, Seiji Hamada, and Antonio Prieto to Scripps for lectures and demonstrations. He taught many students who went on to fame, including Rupert Deese and Harrison McIntosh. He encouraged collaborations between artists and worked with Phil Dike on several pieces. He expanded the Scripps Ceramics Annuals by producing printed catalogs, and directed the Lang Gallery at Scripps in 1960.
Scripps College and Claremont Graduate School School
Faculty 1947-1975


Artist Objects

Plate 2018.12.1

Plate 2018.12.2

Urn 2012.10.1


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