Elizabeth Cohen

Functional and sculptural porcelain

I am an independent studio potter working in porcelain.

I strive to make elegant, minimalist work that enhances daily living. As a self-taught potter, I enjoy problem solving. My passion for ceramics, which began in my childhood, drives my never-ending curiosity to develop new ideas.

Organic elements in nature such as flowers, fruits, seeds, shells, plants and cells inform my work, especially as they arc through stages of life from embryonic to decay and death. I am interested in the play of shadow and light, and the contrast of soft and hard in clay forms. The varied metaphorical nuances in nesting sets, such as family, security, comfort, and aging intrigue me as well. I work in a commercial porcelain clay body, which I fire to 1260 degrees centigrade in an electric kiln. I mix my own glazes, which have micro-crystals that reflect light, like the glow of wet skin.

See my work in person:

The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Boulevard, Boston

Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton

Worcester Center for Craft, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester

Florijn Home, 90 Central St., Wellesley

deCordova Holiday Marketplace (November 11-December 31 only), deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1990, Simmons College, M.A.T. English

1988, Tufts University, B.A. English

Recent Shows and Awards

2015

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, “Pushing Boundaries

Mayyim Hayyim Gallery, Newton, MA, “Vessels: Holiness in Hand”

PS Gallery, Columbia, Missouri, “Autumn Exhibition”

2014

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, MA, “The State of Clay 2014”, juror Linda Arbuckle

2012

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, MA, “The State of Clay 2012”, juror Doug Casebeer

2011

Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas,”Materials Hard and Soft 2011″, juror Tom Lauerman

Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota,”Its Only Clay 2011″, juror Simon Levin

2010

Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “Strictly Functional Clay National”, juror Bill van Guilder

St. Petersburg Clay, St. Petersburg, Florida, “Last Call”, jurors Matthew Schiemann and Adam Youngbluth

Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, Lincoln, California, “Feats of Clay”, juror Bill van Guilder, Merit Award and Purchase Award

Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, “3rd Biennial Concordia Continental”, juror Wil Shynkaruk

Terra Incogito Gallery, La Grange, Illinois, “Pour”, juror David Toan

University for Women, Columbus, Mississippi, “Functional Relationships”, jurors Matt Long and Robert Long

2009

18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas, “Dining In II”, juror Betsy Evans

Clay Space, Warrenville, Illinois, “Clay3”, juror Mary Kay Botkins

Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “Strictly Functional Clay National”, juror Pete Pinnel

Oconee Cultural Arts Foundations, Watkinsville, Georgia, “Perspectives International”

m.t.burton gallery, Surf City, New Jersey, “Jersey Shore Clay National 2009”, juror Jeff Guido

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts, “The State of Clay”, juror Jim Lawton

Gallery Up, Rock Hill, South Carolina, “30 Small Works 2009”, juror Sharon Dowell

2008

Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, “Craft USA”, juror Gretchen Keyworth

Mindscapes Gala Art Benefit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, jurors Fran Berger, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Gary Jacobsen MD, Barbara Krakow, Barbara Mathes, Emily Moore, Julie Mussafer, Cheryl Wolf

Gallery Up, Rock Hill, South Carolina, “30 Small Works 2008V, juror Shawn Cassidy

2007

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado, “Empty Spaces-Bowls”, juror Peg Malloy

Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, MA, “State of Clay”, juror Chris Gustin, Honorable Mention Award and People’s Choice Award

Claymakers, Durham, North Carolina, “Vessels 2007, National Juried Competition and Exhibition”, juror Susan Filley, Third Place Winner

Englewood Arts, Englewood Colorado, “National Juried Show”, jurors Susan Doherty and Lilliane Francuz

Genesee Pottery, Rochester, New York, “History in the Making”, jurors Julia Galloway and Rick Hirsch

Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, Texas, “Materials Hard and Soft”, juror Gretchen Gough

Bemidji Community Arts Center, Bemidji, Minnesota, “Its Only Clay”, juror Jeff Oestriech

Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas, “Wichita National 2007”, juror Bede Clark

Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado, “Clay National III”, juror Doug Casebeer

Vessels Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, “Emerging Artists Show”, jurors Irina Okula and Richard Arneri

2006

ArtSpace, Raleigh, North Carolina, “Fine Contemporary Crafts”, juror Susan Brandeis

Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, “Minor Works by Major Ceramists III:A Mail Art Project”, curator Chris Garcia

New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, “Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2006”, juror Mary Barringer

m.t.burton gallery, Surf City, New Jersey, “Jersey Shore Clay National 2006”, juror Doug Casebeer

Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina, “Skin Deep:Celebrating the Variety and Beauty of Ceramic Surfaces”, juror Val Cushing

Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “Craft National”, juror Gretchen Keyworth

Highland Art Gallery, Portland, Maine, “Reflection International 2006”, juror Ray Chen

San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, Texas, “21st Annual San Angelo Ceramics Competition”, juror Ann Lancaster

2005

Guilford Handicraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut, “Ceramics 2005”, juror Chris Gustin

Gallery Representation

Society for Arts and Crafts, Boston Massachusetts, www.societyofcrafts.org

Walsingham Gallery, Newburyport, Massachusetts, www.walsinghamgallery.com

Fuller Craft Museum Store, Brockton, Massachusetts,

Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, Massachusetts

m.t.burton gallery, Surf City, New Jersey

Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

Holiday Marketplace, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts

ReNew Arts and Industry, Natick, Massachusetts

PS Gallery, Columbia, Missouri

Collections

Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts

Workshops

Wesleyan Potters, Middletown, Connecticut, “Throwing Organic Forms” 2013

Expressions Studio, East Granby, Connecticut, “Throwing Organic Forms” 2013

Visiting Artist and Educator

Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA 2014-16

TenAcre Day School, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2012

Juror Experience

Studio Potter Award, 2015 NCECA Higher Education Student Exhibition, Providence, Rhode Island

Studio Potter Award, 2013 NCECA Student K-12 Exhibition, Houston, Texas

Studio Potter Award, 2013 NCECA Higher Education Student Exhibition, Houston, Texas

Publications

Wellesley-Weston Magazine, Fall 2012 http://wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com/i/78488/159 ·

Studio Potter, “Failure” Issue, 2011

Non-Profit Service

Board of Directors Member, Studio Potter Journal, 20011-present

President, Board of Directors, Studio Potter Journal, 2015-16

Why Porcelain?

I favor porcelain because the way it records touch, captures shadow and reveals purity. It has a smooth texture as a result of densely layered particles that are a cousin of glass. Porcelain is an ancient material, originating in Asian ceramics. I marvel at the beauty and constancy of objects from these ancient dynasties. Porcelain is a wonderful material for tableware because it is lovely to hold, and is strong and durable.

I work with this finicky clay body because it holds a duality of being delicate and resilient, making it a perfect material to capture human touch frozen in time. Porcelain resonates with the pressure of a finger, a swipe of a palm, a squeeze of a hand, the pressure of air and heat, and the movement of water.

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Elizabeth Cohen Pottery nested bowls
Elizabeth Cohen Pottery Teaching Image

Teaching

I teach a range of students from pre-school to older adult, blind/deaf students, public high school, beginners, advanced, large group workshops and private lessons.

If you would like to have a private lesson, schedule a workshop or have any other booking questions, please contact me.

Get in touch

I welcome inquiries about commissioned work both residential and commercial, as well as workshop and other teaching opportunities.