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Nancy Selvin Portrait

Nancy Selvin

Los Angeles, California 1943

Active in:

  • Berkeley, California

Photo Caption:
Courtesy of Nancy Selvin

Luce Artist Quote

"My pots are abstractions of the reality of a pot." Artist quoted in Ceramics, 1998

Luce Artist Biography

Nancy Selvin studied with Peter Voulkos at UC Berkeley, where she focused on the color and form of her pieces, rather than their function. She uses images of books, bottles, and teapots in her ceramic sculptures, exploring the surface design and arrangement of the forms. She sets up a tension between the object and its image by placing these ceramic representations of functional objects in a "real" tableau, or setting.