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James Lovera Works Biography

JAMES LOVERA (b. 1920 – d. 2015)

Noted California Ceramicist, know for his traditionally thrown porcelain vessels with both rich color and lava glazes – coming out of an Asian tradition. His work has been shown and collected privately and in museums both nationally and internationally.

1948–1986        Professor of Ceramic Art, Color and Design, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1976                 Advanced Study Travel: Japan

1986                 Professor Emeritus, California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Honorary Member: Association of California Ceramic Artists

 

EXHIBITIONS:

1990                 Form/Space/Surface Clay Vessels- Michael Himovitz Gallery/Pavillions Sacramento, CA

1990                 New Works – Gump’s Gallery San Francisco, CA

1990                 Gallery Fair Mendocino, CA

1989                 One man exhibition Running Ridge Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico

1988                 Clay/Form/Spirit, Diablo Valley College Art Gallery Pleasant Hill, CA January-February

1988                 Featured artist in conjunction with Object and Environment Exhibition, Collector’s Gallery, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1987                 Group Exhibition Contemporary Crafts Museum New York, NY

1987                 New Work-Three Gump’s Gallery San Francisco, CA August 4-29

1986                 West Coast Clay Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA June-August 1986

1986                 Group Exhibition California Ceramic Artists Dublin, Ireland, Cork, Ireland

1985                 Gump’s Gallery “A Showcase of The Artist” San Francisco, CA

1985                 The Hand and The Spirit Craft Gallery “Gems, A Showcase of the Artist’s Work” Scottsdale, AZ

1984                 One-Man Exhibition Elaine Potter Gallery San Francisco, CA

1982                 American Porcelain: The Emergence of A New Tradition, The Hand and The Spirit Gallery Scottsdale, AZ

1982                 Contemporary Clay … 20 Artists Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art Monterey, CA

1982                 One-Man Exhibition Running Ridge Gallery Santa Fe, NM

1982                 A.R.T. Beasley Gallery San Diego, CA

1981                 The Crafts Gallery, Ltd. One-Man Exhibition Bethesda, MD

1981                 The Elements Gallery Madison Avenue, New York, NY

1980                 One-Man Exhibition, The Hand and The Spirit

1980                 Art Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Invitational

1980                 “American Ceramics” Exhibition, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

1980                 One-Man Exhibition, Gallery Fair, Mendocino, CA

1980                 One-Man Exhibition, Gump’s, San Francisco, CA

1980                 One-Man Exhibition, Kennedy Art Gallery, College of the Holy Names, Oakland, CA

1979                 College of the Holy Names, Oakland, CA

1979                 “Clay and Glass 79”, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo, Alto, CA

1979                 One-Man Exhibition, The Green Gallery, Carmel, CA Invitational

1978                 “The Potters Art in California-1855 to 1955” Lang Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1978                 One-Man Exhibition, Sun Gallery, Hayward, CA

1977                 One-Man Exhibition, Bakersfield College, Art Gallery, Bakersfield, CA

1976                 Sabbatical Leave in Japan

1973                 San Mateo County Fair Competition, Juror

1972                 One-Man Exhibition, Chabot Art Gallery, Hayward, CA

1972                 Designer/Craftsmen/72, Richmond Art Center Richmond, CA, Juror

1971                 “The Ceramic Statement”, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1970                 California Expo-Invitational, Juror

1970                 Awarded mural commission for San Felipe Park, Hayward Park and Recreational District, to design and execute two 9′ x 12′ ceramic murals.

1968                 Design X Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA

1968                 California Design, California Expo, Sacramento, CA

1968                 “Twenty-Five of American Art in Clay” Scripps College, Claremont, CA

1968                 Design IX Traveling Exhibition 1966-68

1967                 Association of San Francisco Potters, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1966                 Twenty-Fourth Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY

1966                 California Craftsmen Exhibition, Invitational Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1966                 Design IX Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA

1966                 California Designers Exhibition, Georg Jensen’s, New York, NY

1965                 Collector: Object/Environment, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY Juried

1965                 One-Man Exhibition, Bon Marche Gallery, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA Invitational

1965                 American Craftsmen Exhibition, Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, WA Invitational

1965                 Three-Man Ceramic Exhibition: “Sanders, Fritz and Lovera”, Portland Ceramic Studio, Portland, OR

1965                 Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco Potters Association, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA Juried

1965                 One-Man Exhibition, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA Invitational

1964                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY Award

1963                 10th Annual Art Exhibition, E. B. Crocker Art Gallery; Sacramento, CA

1963                 Northern California Arts, Inc. Competition. (Open Competition)

1962                 Stone Forms, Exhibition, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1962                 Scripps College Ceramic Exhibition Claremont, CA

1962                 One-Thousand Years of Ceramic Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1961                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1961                 Designer Craftsmen U.S.A., American Federation of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Crafts,

1961                 American Craftsmen Exhibition, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

1961                 Madonna Festival of Religious Art, Los Angeles, CA Award

1961                 One-Man Exhibition, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1960                 One-Man Exhibition, Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA

1960                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1960                 Utah State University Second Invitational Ceramic Exhibition

1960                 Contemporary Handweavers of California, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1959                 Utah State University, First Invitational Ceramic Exhibition, UT

1958                 California Craftsmen Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

1956                 Wichita Museum Annual Exhibition, Wichita Museum of Art, Wichita, KA

1956                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1956                 Design at Home Exhibition, Villa Montalvo Saratoga, CA

1955                 Association of San Francisco Potters DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1955                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY

1954                 Association of San Francisco Potters DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1954                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY, Judge

1953                 Association of San Francisco Potters DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1952                 Syracuse National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY

1951                 Association of San Francisco Potters Annual DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1951                 California Exposition Art Exhibition, Sacramento, CA

1950                 Association of San Francisco Potters Third Annual Exhibition, DeYoung Museum San Francisco, CA

1950                 Dazell-Hatfield Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Two-Man Show

1949                 Sixth Annual Pacific Coast Ceramic Exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, City of Paris, San Francisco, CA, Judge

1949                 Design in Forty-Nine Ceramic Exhibition DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA

1948                 California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1948                 Association of San Francisco Potters Second Annual Exhibition, DeYoung Museum San Francisco, CA

 

LITERATURE:

1987                 The Santa Fe Catalogue – Winter, 1987 p. 30

1985                 Hayward Daily Review – Life Style – June 28, 1985

1985                 S. F. Chronicle – “People” Potters And Their Feats of Clay November 30, 1985

1984                 Arizona Arts and Travel – May-June issue 1984 “Crafts In A Museum Setting” pp. 20-21

1982                 The Santa Fe Catalogue – Summer, 1982 pp. 8-9

1982                 Santa Fe Reporter – October 27, 1982

1979                 Washington Post, The Potomac Magazine Section, November 18, 1979

1978                 Ceramics Monthly Magazine, November 1978

1968                 Oakland Tribune, Sunday, August 4, 1968 Home Magazine Edition

1967                 Les Edtions de la Revue Moderne, Paris, France. February, 1967 issue

1966                 S. F. Chronicle, November 17, 1966

1966                 Merced Sun Star, April, 1966

1965                 Los Angeles Times, July, 1965-“A Spurt of Creative Action” (Ceramics)

1965                 Ceramics Monthly Magazine, Cover–April, 1965 issue, also p. 26

1965                 House and Garden Magazine, April, 1965 (p. 164)

1965                 Los Angeles Times, March 28, 1965

1965                 Interiors Magazine, July, 1965 (p. 79, “Great Craft Collections”)

1962                 S. F. Examiner, November, 1962

1962                 S. F. Examiner, December 30, 1962

1961                 American Artist Magazine, February, 1961 (P.45)

1960                 New York Herald Tribune, May 27, 1960

1960                 San Jose Mercury News, March 13, 1960

1960                 Vallejo Times Herald, March 6, 1960

1953                 S. F. Chronicle, July 19, 1953 (“This World”)

1952                 S. F. Chronicle, March 16, 1952 (“This World”)

Sunset Ceramic Book; “How To Make Pottery & Ceramic Sculpture” by H. H. Sanders, Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA pp. 28-29

The Potters Art in California 1885 -1955, by Hazel V. Bray Library of Congress Catalogue No. 78-73120 p. 63