Ralph Bacerra | Teapot
Ralph Bacerra

born 1938
Resides in Pasadena, California
Photograph by
Anthony Cuñha

Biography Ask the Artist
Ralph Bacerra is Chairman of the Ceramics Department at the Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. According to an article in Angeles magazine, Bacera intended to be a graphic artist, but fell in love with the three-dimensionality of clay. He's been deeply influenced by Oriental pottery and has become an expert in the development and use of new glazes, undercoats and slips.

His works can be found in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City, the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois and the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan. Read more about Bacerra in the February, 1982 issue of American Ceramics or the June, 1987 issue of American Craft.

Ask the Artist

Do you work alone on your craft, or with others?


Do you ever teach, or take on apprentices?

No apprentice. Otis College of Art & Design.

What's the most exciting part of creating your works?

The whole process is exciting, from wet clay to finished glaze.

What sort of technology do you use in your work? Has the technology of your craft changed dramatically over the past 100 years?

Clay and glaze technology. More technical information on all clay and glaze materials as well as on kilns and firing.

Do you have any advice for somebody just starting out?

Hard work and perseverence.

Suzanne L. Amendolara Bennett Bean