About the Book
Jo Lauria, Art Curator and Historian---
One can always spot a Coille Hooven piece in a ceramic collection. Although frequently small and delicate, they have great impact. Her white porcelain forms, with seemingly naive decorative elements, belie their scale and fragility as the emotional thrust of their narratives powerfully shout out their presence. And the story they have to tell is personal and intimate, as one will see from the depth of the work included in this book. The vessels and sculptures that are featured focus on Coille's journey as a woman navigating the waterways of life. Shaped and crafted through clay, Coille takes us on many adventures through forms, always complex but also playful, and always worth the exploration.
Features & Details
- Primary Category Fine Art
Standard Landscape, 10×8 in, 25×20 cm
- Hardcover, Dust Jacket: 9781367312210
- Hardcover, ImageWrap: 9781367312203
- Softcover: 9781367312227
- Publish Date Aug 17, 2016
- Language English
- Keywords Coille, feminist, ceramic, porcelain, McLaughlin, Louise, Hooven, Jenni, Sorkin, clay, 1970, artist, art, Berkeley, California, David Shaner, MICA, life, Peter Voulkos, Robert Arneson, Baltimore, Maryland, Donal, Peter, Ferrin Contemporary, Leslie Ferrin, Jo Lauria
Coille Hooven studied with David Shaner at The University of Illinois. She began her career making functional porcelain vessel forms, particularly teapots that gradually became less functional as she added hand built animal sculptures to thrown pieces. Hooven’s work ranges from whimsical functional pieces glazed with blue stains and clear overglaze to small-scale, stark white sculptures commenting in both literal and figurative ways on women’s issues and relationships. Hooven established her studio in Berkeley, California in 1970. In 1996 she founded Hooven & Hooven with her daughter, Molly. Together they produced an extensive line of porcelain ornaments using a press mold technique developed by Coille. These were sold in shops around the country. In 2004 Coille left the business to focus on her sculptural work.