1 - October 25, 2003
Opening reception: Friday, August 8, 2003, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
is proud to present this retrospective of work by renowned ceramist
Byron Temple. Temple,
a major proponent of functional pottery and internationally
recognized for his unpretentious wood-fired and salt-glazed pottery,
died April 14, 2002 in Louisville, Ky. He was 68.
Raised on a farm in Centerville, Indiana, Temple first
studied pottery at Indiana's Ball State University. After a tour of
duty with the U.S. Army in Germany, Byron returned to pottery at
Haystack in Maine, studying under Kenneth Quick. Quick had worked
with Bernard Leach in England, and Byron was inspired to study under
Leach. He worked as a production potter in St. Ives from 1959 to
1962, and it was here that Byron really learned to throw. A period
of working with Colin Pearson at the Quay Pottery Aylesford
Byron returned to the United States and set up his own
pottery in Lambertville, New Jersey, where with the help of a team
of potters, he produced a range of reduction-fired standard table
wares. To promote and market the ware, Byron made inventive use of
well-designed catalogues, posters, and postcards. In the late 80's
Byron abandoned large-scale production of table wares in favor of
making more individual pots. Byron moved his studio to Louisville,
Kentucky in 1989.
In the last decade of Byron's life he continued to
teach both here in the US and abroad. His travels to Japan, New
Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Hungary , and the
Netherlands gave him an opportunity to both teach and learn, to
explore new material, and to develop new techniques.
Byron Temple influenced generations of potters with
classes and workshops at schools ranging from Penland and Haystack
to the Pratt Institute and the Philadelphia College of Art, among
others. Byron's work was spare with simple lines. It was, as Byron
temple said, "a combination of the Bauhaus and Japan." For
those who knew Byron Temple and mark his passing with regret there
is left behind a body of work that speaks volumes about a man and
his contribution to the world of clay.
Temple’s most recent work, mostly small vessels, jars and boxes, has
been described as straight-forward, restrained, inviting, and
stripped of details extraneous to function.
Temple’s influences include the Bauhaus movement and
Japanese pottery, and he once said, “I
wish for purity and precision in objects that extol the virtue of
harmony and proportion.”