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Monte  Coleman Blue bowl with skull base
Blue bowl with skull base
- Glazed stoneware , 2015
5.5 x 7 x 7 in
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Well-known in New York’s interior design circles for his consummate craftsmanship in working with textiles, Monte Coleman has followed a personal passion for the ceramic arts:

‘The pieces came about after having visited the Rodin Museum with a friend. I was so taken with the terra cotta pieces that when I got back home I bought terra cotta clay. That friend came to visit and asked what I had made. I had only made flower pots. She said "Get in here; we are going to make skulls. They are easy". These are the results.’

Despite the seemingly macabre subject matter, Coleman’s skulls and bones possess a whimsical quality that is inviting, rather than threatening.  Neither in scale or form are they accurate representations of human, animal or ornithological anatomies, but are suggestive of structures.

Many of the skeletal shapes are nestled within or resting upon exquisitely turned bowls and vases.  Glazes alternate between delicate shades in neutral tonalities and solid, semi-matte blues, greens, oranges, blacks.  Each work is unique, with some pieces demonstrating a complex intricacy and others simplified, monolithic in shape.  Coleman may joke that ‘skulls are easy’, but the works presented here are masterpieces in miniature.

Born in Lebanon, Missouri, Coleman studied art and architecture at the University of Missouri.  After working in California, he moved to New York in 1980 where he currently resides.

PRESS

Border Crossing
THE Magazine
February/March 2016
Diane Armitage

Thursday, February 4, 2016
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EXHIBITIONS

New Baroque - The Imperfect Pearl
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Saturday, May 7, 2016
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MONTE COLEMAN
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - Saturday, February 20, 2016
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Monte  Coleman Blue bowl with skull base formatting

Blue bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware   2015
5.5 x 7 x 7 in
Call For Price
COLM8796
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Monte  Coleman Black footed bowl with five skulls formatting

Black footed bowl with five skulls
Glazed stoneware   2014
7.75 x 7 x 7 in
Call For Price
COLM8792
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Monte  Coleman Large footed bowl with skulls formatting

Large footed bowl with skulls
Glazed stoneware   2014
6.5 x 7.5 x 7.5 in
Call For Price
COLM8798
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Monte  Coleman Large green bowl with skull base formatting

Large green bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware   2015
4.75 x 7.5 x 7.5 in
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COLM8800
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Monte  Coleman Large orange bowl with skull base formatting

Large orange bowl with skull base
Glazed stoneware   2015
6.25 x 6.5 x 6.5 in
Call For Price
COLM8797
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Monte  Coleman Large white skull with small orange skull on footed stand formatting

Large white skull with small orange skull on footed stand
Glazed stoneware   2014
6 x 5.5 x 5.5 in
Call For Price
COLM8795
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Monte  Coleman Low Base with Two Skulls formatting

Low Base with Two Skulls
Glazed stoneware   2014
5.5 x 5 x 5 in
Call For Price
COLM8801
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Monte  Coleman Pile of fingers on stand formatting

Pile of fingers on stand
Glazed stoneware   2014
5.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 in

COLM8784
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Monte  Coleman Pile of fingers on stand formatting

Pile of fingers on stand
Glazed stoneware   2014
5.5 x 5.25 x 5.25 in
Call For Price
COLM8785
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Monte  Coleman Skull and fingers in two parts formatting

Skull and fingers in two parts
Glazed stoneware   2014
3.5 x 5 x 5 in
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COLM8793
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Monte  Coleman Skull on footed bowl with black mark formatting

Skull on footed bowl with black mark
Glazed stoneware   2014
4.5 x 4.25 x 4.25 in
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COLM8788
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Monte  Coleman Skull with fingers formatting

Skull with fingers
Glazed stoneware   2015
6 x 4.25 x 4.25 in
Call For Price
COLM8787
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Monte  Coleman Skulls in bone nest formatting

Skulls in bone nest
Glazed stoneware   2014
4 x 9 x 9 in
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COLM8794
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Monte  Coleman Small skulls with upright fingers formatting

Small skulls with upright fingers
Glazed stoneware   2015
4 x 4 x 4 in
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COLM8791
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Monte  Coleman Stacked black skulls formatting

Stacked black skulls
Glazed stoneware   2014
6 x 4 x 4 in
Call For Price
COLM8786
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Monte  Coleman Upside-down skull on base formatting

Upside-down skull on base
Glazed stoneware   2014
5.5 x 4 x 4 in
Call For Price
COLM8799
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Monte  Coleman White bowl with skulls and fingers formatting

White bowl with skulls and fingers
Glazed stoneware   2014
3.5 x 6 x 6 in
Call For Price
COLM8783
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Monte  Coleman

Monte Coleman

Monte Coleman Description

Well-known in New York’s interior design circles for his consummate craftsmanship in working with textiles, Monte Coleman has followed a personal passion for the ceramic arts:

‘The pieces came about after having visited the Rodin Museum with a friend. I was so taken with the terra cotta pieces that when I got back home I bought terra cotta clay. That friend came to visit and asked what I had made. I had only made flower pots. She said "Get in here; we are going to make skulls. They are easy". These are the results.’

Despite the seemingly macabre subject matter, Coleman’s skulls and bones possess a whimsical quality that is inviting, rather than threatening.  Neither in scale or form are they accurate representations of human, animal or ornithological anatomies, but are suggestive of structures.

Many of the skeletal shapes are nestled within or resting upon exquisitely turned bowls and vases.  Glazes alternate between delicate shades in neutral tonalities and solid, semi-matte blues, greens, oranges, blacks.  Each work is unique, with some pieces demonstrating a complex intricacy and others simplified, monolithic in shape.  Coleman may joke that ‘skulls are easy’, but the works presented here are masterpieces in miniature.

Born in Lebanon, Missouri, Coleman studied art and architecture at the University of Missouri.  After working in California, he moved to New York in 1980 where he currently resides.

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