Eric Nelsen

Born in 1954 in Seattle, WA


1994-pres.            Lead annual 'anagama' kiln firing workshop, Vashon Island, WA
1985                     Constructed 'anagama' style kiln, Vashon Island, WA
1981                     Apprenticeship at the Kaneshige Michiaki workshop and kiln, Bizen, Japan
1979-80                Work and study in Japan.  Extensive travel in Asia to study ancient art and sites
1978                     Established studio in Seattle, WA
1976                     Brought Japanese potter, Mitsuo Morioka, from Bizen, Japan to engineer and assist in construction of one of the first anagama style kilns in the US
1975                     Invited to travel to Japan under the sponsorship of American sculptor Isamu Noguchi.  Introduced by Noguchi to Bizen potter Kaneshige Michiaki.  
                             Studied ceramic art working with traditional techniques in Bizen.  



2009                     Flow: Studio High, Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007                     Viridescence, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005                     Memory Myth Motif: The Continuum of Objects, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
2002                     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999                     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1997                     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996                     Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR
1993-94                William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
                             The Worth Gallery, Taos, NM
1991                     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1989                     William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA
1986                     Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA
1984                     Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA
1981                     Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA
1980                     Erica Williams/ Ann Johnson Gallery, Seattle, WA
1979                     Studio show, Seattle, WA
1977                     Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA



2012                      Tulipieres: The Tulip Vase Revisited, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.
2011                      Objectivity: Show And Tell, Cornish College Of The Arts Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2010                      Artists Poets Scholars: Fishtown And The Skagit River, Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA.
                              School Of Fish, Smith and Vallee Gallery, Edison, WA.
                              Morris Graves Centenary Show, Rock/DeMent Visual Arts space, Tashiro Kaplan Building, Seattle, WA.

2007                      Neddy Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

                              A Human Impulse: Figuration from the Diane and Sandy Bessler Collection, Arizona State University Museum of Art, Phoenix, AZ,

                             Northwest Designer Craftsmen: Nordic Roots, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA.

2006                     Building Allegory, William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA.
                             20+ Years of Tozan Kilns, International Woodfire Conference, Northern Arizona University Museum of Art, Flagstaff, AZ.
2004                     NWDC at 50, Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, WA, (catalogue, traveling) Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon, WA.
2002                     Twenty Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
                             Body of Earth, Breath of Fire: Contemporary Northwest Ceramic Sculpture, Salem Art Association, Bush Barn Art Center, Salem, OR.
2001                     Figure Northwest, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Port Angeles, WA
                             Faces of Fire, Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury Center, VT    
2000                     Different Strokes International Woodfire Exhibition, University of Iowa Museum of Art (catalogue)
                             Assemblage, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
                             Clay/Wood/Fire/Salt, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus OH. (catalogue)
1999                     Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR
                             The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from The Saxe Collection, M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. (catalogue)
1997                     Figure and Form, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR.
1996                     Magic Mud Northwest Invitational, Herrett Museum, College of Southern Idaho, ID. (traveling)
                             Clay, Wood, Fire, Salt, Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea, KY.
1995                     National Teapot Invitational,  Mia Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1994                     Annual Cup Invitational, Artworks Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1993                     Clay:  A National Survey, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
                             1993 The Year of American Craft, Mavetty Gallery, Gleneden Beach, OR.
                             Contemporary Icons, A.N. Bush, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR.
1992                     10 x 10, William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1991                     American Wood Fire '91, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA. (catalogue)
                             Clay with an Attitude, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA.
1990                     Buildings with Clay, Hoffman Gallery, Portland, OR.
                             Ashen Beauty:  An Exhibit of Wood Fired Ceramics, University of Oregon Museum of Art, Eugene, OR. (traveling, catalogue)
1987                     Bumberbiennale, Seattle Sculpture 1927-1987, Curated by Matthew Kangas, Seattle Center, Seattle, WA.
1984                     Clay 1984, Traver / Sutton Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1978                     Seward Park Art Studio, Seattle, WA.
1977                     Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle, WA.


Arizona State University Museum of Art, Ceramic Research Center, Diane & Sandy Besser Collection, Tempe, AZ.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, George and Dorothy Saxe Collection, San Francisco, CA.

Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC.

King County Public Art Collection, King County, WA.

Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA.
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA.
Urasenke Foundation, Seattle, WA
Western Washington University, Outdoor Sculpture Collection, Bellingham, WA.


2007                      Neddy Artist Fellowship nominee, ceramics


2005                      Wagonfeld, Judy. "Ceramic opposites make for a delightful curiosity," Seattle PI, p. 28, Nov. 18
2004                      Aimone, Steve.  Design.  Lark Books, 2004
                              American Style, April 2004, Vol. 10, No. 3
                              Herman Lloyd, E.  Looking Forward Glancing Back NWDC at 50.  University of Washington Press/Whatcom Museum, 2004
                              Langager, Sara-Clark, and Yusa, Michiko.  Isamu Noguchi and Skyviewing Sculpture.  Western Washington University, 2004
2002                      Langager, Sara-Clark.  Sculpture in Place: A Campus as Site. Western Washington University, 2002
2000                      Acero, Raul. Making Ceramic Sculpture, Lark books, 2000.
                              Fahey, Anna. Art Access, Vol. 9, No. 4, April 14, 2000.
                              Hackett, Regina.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 14, 2000.
                              Hunter, Sam and Bryan Ohno. Isamu Noguchi. University of Washington Press, 2000.
                              Minogue, Col and Sanderson, Robert. Wood Fired Ceramics-- Contemporary Practices. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
1999                      Burgard, Timothy Anglin. The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection. Marquand Books, 1999.
                              American Craft, Feb./March, 1999, Vol. 59, No. 1
1998                      Clayton, Pierce.  The Clay Lovers Guide to Making Mold, Lark Books, 1998.
                              Finn, Angela and Chris Gustin.  The Best of Pottery 2, Quarry Books, 1998.
                              Tarzan-Ament, Deloris. "Northwest Ceramics..." Art Guide Northwest, October 1998.
1997                      Hackett, Regina.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 14, 1997.
                              Tarzan-Ament, Deloris. "To Fire the Anagama..." Art Access, Vol.  6, No. 3, March 1997.        
                              Triplett, Cathy.  Handbuilt Ceramics, Lark Books, 1997.
1996                      Held, Peter. Ceramics Monthly, September 1996.
                              American Craft, June/July, 1996, Vol. 56, No. 3
1995                      Hackett, Regina. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, December 15, 1995.
                              Kangas, Matthew.  American Ceramics, November 4,1995, Vol.  11.
                              American Craft, Feb./March, 1995, Vol. 55, No. 1
1994                      Ceramics Monthly, "National Invitational," March, 1994.
                              "National Invitational." Ceramics Monthly, Vol.  42, No. 3, March 1994.
                               Updike, Robin. Seattle Times, October 17, 1994.
1993                      "Clay Time,"Seattle Weekly, September 1,1993, p.41.
                               Hackett, Regina. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 17, 1993.
                               Tarzan-Ament, Deloris. "Catch Up On Clay." Seattle Times, September 9, 1993.
                               Hanly, Beverly.  "Seductive Seattle." Edge City Magazine, August 1993, Vol. II, No. 17.
                               American Craft, June/July, 1993, Vol. 53, No. 3
1992                       Peterson, Susan.  The Craft and Art of Clay, 1992, p. 197.
                               Lowe, George.  "American Wood Fire." Ceramics Monthly, May 1992, Vol. 40, No. 5.
                               Rawson, Philip.  "A Good Pot Speaks from Maker to User." American Craft, Aug/Sept. 1992, Vol.52, No. 4
1991                      Kraft, Charles.  "Eric Nelsen at William Traver." Reflex, May/June 1991, Vol. 5, No. 3.
1989                      Robinson, John S.  "Odd Island Out." Seattle Weekly, May 3, 1989.
                              Kojima, Hisaka.  "Hans Nelsen and Eric Nelsen." Idea (Tokyo, Japan), December 1989, No. 217.    
1981                      Sabin, Peter. "Western Washington Potters." Studio Potter, December 1981, Vol. 10, No. 1.
1979                      Harrington, LaMar.  Ceramics in the Pacific Northwest:  A History. University of Washington Press, 1979, p.56-7
                               "Stepping Out." KCTS-9 Television, Artist profile / techniques of Japanese wood firing, 1979.
1976                      Campbell, R.M.  Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 2, 1976.
                              Noguchi, Isamu. "Ibsen Nelsen as a Friend." Space Design  (Tokyo, Japan), No.  148, December 1976.

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