There are no chips or cracks. A great example of his work. Val Cushing has played a notable part in the history of contemporary American ceramics. As a professor at Alfred University he has both trained and mentored a large number of artists whose names are well-known in the field.He has written several books which are classic texts, and his skills as a teacher have been honored by awards from Alfred University, Regis Masters, and NCECA among others. He was one of the founders of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts and served as its president. He is equally honored for his own ceramic work which pays homage to the functional vessel with beautifully crafted and decorated bowls, pitchers, casseroles and storage jars. While he has also produced a body of work whose focus is more sculptural than functional, it is the piece that will be used, that is pleasing both to the eye and the touch, that continues to give pleasure throughout its lifetime, that is most gratifying to Cushing. Peter Beasecker, who served as Val Cushings teaching assistant notes that Val conveyed his passion for pottery and the sheer joy of the expressive act genuinely and convincingly... He was inspiring in his persistent and tireless advocacy of Beauty... Beauty as found not only in objects but in a life lived. I aspire to make pottery that is both beautiful and useful. I place as much emphasis as I can on the sensuous qualities of a pot, mainly by the use of color, form and surface textures that are as stimulating to see as to touch.
The goal is to make use more pleasurable. I also make some vessels based on a different premise. In these, use is less of an issue; much more importance is placed on the imaginative potential of pottery forms to be seen as sculpture is seen.All of my work, whether pottery or vessels, employs various references and influences that help direct the visual dynamics. But nature, above all else, is my primary source. I think about how and why things look as they do. I make drawings from nature, from the landscape, from growing things, and from my thoughts about them something coalesces from all of this and becomes a piece. The item "Vintage Modern Val Cushing Studio Pottery Stoneware Pitcher, signed" is in sale since Tuesday, March 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Studio/ Handcrafted Pottery". The seller is "ksarasara" and is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion.