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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Clay: #41 Jar with Loop

Byron Temple

(born Centerville, IN 1933 -- died Louisville, KY 2002)

"The challenge is to produce simple forms whose economy of expression extends beyond function to gesture and visual empathy. This empathy transfers everyday ware into objects of ritual esteem." Artist's statement, Anton Gallery, 1995

Byron Temple was first exposed to handcrafted pottery through the ceramic pots his family used on a rural farm in Indiana. His interest in ceramics led him to study at Ball State University, the Brooklyn Museum Art School, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The artist spent two years working in England with ceramist Bernard Leach, who helped the artist to develop a personal style based on pots that did not sacrifice beauty for functionality.