Carved vessel with signature
Fair Market Value: $700
Dimensions: 9 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 6"
Wood fired stoneware, unglazed
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Ceramicist and sculptor Chris Berti (1958- ) earned his BFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and his MFA in ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Currently Professor of Ceramics at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, Berti has served as a Visiting Artist and presented workshops at Arrowmont, Penland, ArtPark,Cleveland Institute of Art, Indiana University, University of Iowa, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He has received Illinois Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships in both Sculpture and Crafts categories, and his work has been reviewed in national and international publications including The New York Times and Ceramics: Art and Perception. Berti's works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), Brooks Museum, Millikin University (Decatur, IL), Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI), Illinois State Museum (Springfield, IL), Lafayette Museum of Art (Lafayette, IN); Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), Montreal Museum of Art (Montreal, Quebec), National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, South Bend Art Museum (South Bend, IN), Southern Illinois University Museum (Carbondale, IL), and Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI).
Helen W. Drutt English (Helen Drutt) was Founder/Director of her eponymous gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1973-2002), which was among the first galleries in the United States to make a commitment to the modern and contemporary craft movement. In 1973, she developed the first syllabus for a college-level course in the history of the field. Drutt has published numerous essays; organized exhibitions, i.e. Poetics of Clay, Brooching It Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madelaine K. Albright, and Challenging the Chatelaine!; and curated American studio jewelry for the Museo del Gioiello, Vicenza, Italy (2016-18). She has built a permanent collection of contemporary crafts for The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, and she is currently building a collection for the National Museum of Sweden. The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of international studio jewelry has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally, and in 2002, 800 works entered the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Drutt has received numerous awards and three honorary degrees, from the University of the Arts, Moore College of Art, and Alfred University.