Forman, Robert L.

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Year of birth: 
Los Angeles, California
Country of birth: 
United States

Robert L. Forman is born in 1948 in Los Angeles, Califonia. He studied at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, near Seattle in the State of Washington (USA). There is not much known about Robert L. Forman as a ceramist.

He started as a traditional potter. In 1974 he visits Bernard Leach in England. This visit was crucial for his further career. In 1975 he starts a new education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His new work has an enormous sculptural power.

In 1981 Robert L. Forman is for three month (Jan-March) guest lecturer at the Keramisch Werkcentrum in Heusden in The Netherlands. Because of this lecturership an interesting exhibition (March, 21 - April 27, 1981) was held with his in the Netherlands produced pieces in the exhibition centre De Moriaan in 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands).

Work of the artist: 

Robert L. Forman fires his ceramics at low temperature, polishes them with engobes (terra sigillata). 
His work is partly influenced by ceramics from American indians. 

  • Straaten, Evert van, Robert L. Forman, 1981 (in Dutch language).
  • Who's afraid of American pottery? in: Mededelingenblad nederlandse vereniging van vrienden van de ceramiek, 109/110, 1983 (in Dutch language).
Image source: 

Portrait, ca. 1980 (source Straaten, Evert van, 1981); container 1981 (collection Capriolus).