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Born in Los Angeles, Pilcher is now professor emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From the 1960s to 1986 he was one of the Midwest’s most successful ceramic artists, producing elegant vessels such as this tall vase with its serpentine neck and mottled surface—the result of the traditional salt glazing technique for which Pilcher became known in the 1970s. In 1986 Pilcher gave up pottery to concentrate on sculpture and design, but in 2002 he made a playful return to the world of ceramics with his project, Rascal Ware.

Don Pilcher
American, born 1942
ca. 1970s
Clay, salt glaze
23 3/8 x 2 (diameter) in. (59.4 x 5.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Barbara Bihler, 98.525

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