Robert Briscoe - Lidded Stoneware Stack Casserole Dish. Wood fired stoneware lidded casserole dish. Made in his favorite palette of salt glazes. This work is offered from our private collection of hand selected acquisitions, for use or display (we'd lean towards display). Dimensions: 8"h x 10.25"w (handle to handle) x 9.5 across the base.
Clearly signed on the bottom Briscoe. Robert Briscoe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1947, and has worked as a studio potter since 1967. He apprenticed with functional potter James Vandergriff in Zarah, KS (1967-68) and later received a Bachelor of Science in economics from Kansas State University (1980). Briscoe was a founding member of the Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour - now an annual destination for collectors nationwide - and remains one of the event's principal organizers.
He has received awards including a McKnight Artist Fellowship (2001 and 2007) and a grant from the Jerome Foundation (1987). Briscoe has lectured and conducted ceramics workshops across the country. His work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and The Art of Contemporary Pottery. He is represented in public collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery Washington, D. ; the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN); Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ); and numerous private collections around the world.
He lives and works on 31 acres of woods and fields in Harris, Minnesota. Preparing and serving food to family and friends remains one of the last true rituals in the modern age. For more than 40 years, Robert Briscoe's functional pottery has explored the powerful link between maker and user by emphasizing the integral role that handmade ceramic objects play in savoring some of life's richest experiences.
Within this time-honored tradition, function is paramount and craft truly matters - and it is to these useful, "honest" ends that Briscoe aspires. His generously proportioned, wheel thrown stoneware pots reflect a quiet simplicity, their strength derived through nuance, subtle expression, and unhindered use.
His ceramic forms are spare, often asymmetrical, with heavy textures and weighty bases. Rims and attachments such as lips, handles and knobs are substantially shaped with a rounded thickness that invites the viewer to sip from and cook in Briscoe's works. Although uncomplicated by decoration, a muted palette of white, honey, rust and olive green ash glazes integrate form and surface and further enliven the work.