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1982: 50 Works for 50 Years

John Glick

"untitled (bowl)"

John Glick (1938-2017) was born in Detroit and received a B.F.A. in 1960 from Wayne State University and an M.F.A. in 1962 from the Cranbrook Academy. In 1965 he founded Plum Tree Pottery on the family’s large fruit orchard in Farmington, Michigan. Glick was concerned with melding utilitarianism with the individual needs of his clients. Plum Tree Pottery produced over 330,000 pieces by the time it closed in 2016. This astounding production was completed with the help of assistants, a common practice in European and Asian studios. The influence of Japanese, Chinese and Korean pottery is apparent in Glick’s forms and Abstract Expressionism in his designs.

Alice Berry (1916-1991) donated this bowl to the permanent collection in 1982. Berry taught art at South Dakota State University from 1968-1981 and was an avid ceramics collector.

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