(1907-1994 American) Following a 30 year career as a commercial designer, this Pittsburgh-born artist educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art devoted himself to the production of stoneware vessels.
Claude Conover constructed his forms from rolled clay slabs, worked into pristine, organic shapes by hand. His distressed finishes and glazes embrace an earth-toned palette, ranging from brown to beige to gray. His surface striations signal archeological findings defying the elegant clean lines of each vessel's contours.
Typically Conover's creations sell for $5,000 to $15,000. In 1983 he was the recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in Visual Arts. A television documentary titled "The Bottle Maker" exposed Conover's working methods and overall talent on film.