Bobby Silverman's journey began on the wheel in high school in Woodstock, Vermont. "I loved exploring even before I discovered my passion for making pots. Over the years, I've identified my heritage and the experiences I had as a child as among the predominant influences on my work. I grew up in a large, traditional Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia to New York. The men were butchers, and the women were housewives who had a deep love for the arts.
While my own work has long dealt with ideas concerning decorative objects, I recently have developed a strong interest in those objects used on special occasions.
My travels and numerous places of residence have helped me examine and understand my background and culture. Having fallen in love with ceramics in high school, I spent my junior year of college in Japan, where I was an apprentice to an important folk potter. I studied at the Kansas City Art Institute. I went on to Alfred University; there I received a master of fine arts in ceramics.
I taught at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and established my first independent studio in Providence. I didn't like the limitations imposed by access to an electric kiln alone due to urban living.
Moving to Helena, Montana, I spent a year and a half working at the Archie Bray Foundation. I am now living in Baton Rouge, teaching at Louisiana State University and investigating ideas about form and surface."
Bobby Silverman was artist in residence at the European Ceramics Work Center in s'Hertengenbosch, Netherlands in 1998. He is currently (2001) working with vases and stacked forms, inspired by nature and concerned with color and the articulation of abstract ideas.