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Artwork by Edwin Scheier

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About the Artist

(Born 1910) "A pioneer in the techniques of glazes for modern studio pottery and a long-time art teacher, Edwin Scheier, working with his wife, Mary Goldsmith Scheier, was known for utilitarian pots highlighted by skillfully applied glazes. With him creating and applying the glazes to forms made by Mary, the couple worked side by side most of their married life. Many of their thrown pots had themes of birth and rebirth in humans and animals. In addition to pottery, they made small sculptures from local clay, and some of these pieces resembled Sung Dynasty-era pottery.

Edwin Scheier was born in New York City in the Bronx to an American mother and Jewish German father. The father died when Edwin was very young, which left the family struggling financially. He dropped out of high school in order to earn money but later studied art in New York City at the Art Students League and Columbia University and attended free seminars at Cooper Union.

Work with a silversmith and ceramist provided skills for his future creative endeavors. He was also a puppeteer and then a crafts instructor with the WPA (Works Progress Administration), which led to his meeting his future wife, Mary, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where he was teaching classes. She, also a WPA artist, was director of a ceramics studio in Salem, Virginia. They married in 1927.

Considered a modernist, he exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as other venues including the Toledo Museum of Art, Dartmouth College and the Syracuse Museum of Art.

In 1940, the couple moved to Durham, New Hampshire, and for the next 28 years, both taught at the University of New Hampshire. Between 1968 and 1978, they lived in Oaxaca, Mexico, to study native arts and crafts, especially weaving and painting of the Zapote peoples.

In 1978, they moved to Green Valley, Arizona where she died on May 14, 2007 at age 99. In his later years, Edwin Scheier did increasingly more designing on the computer instead of in his ceramics studio.

Pottery by the Scheiers is in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Walker Art Center, the Detroit Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Cleveland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum, the Boston Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Yale Art Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum, plus various museums in Italy, Japan, Germany and Canada."  

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