Bob Pool Pottery
Bob Pool Pottery
About the Artist - Bob Pool

I was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Marin County where I played in the woods and on the beach as much as I could. I originally trained in Marine Biology and got my Ph.D.. from UCLA. While working in Biology I took a clay class. My life changed when I found that this was my work and my calling. I became a studio potter in 1982 and have been making pots ever since.

I am known for my hand-thrown work. My stoneware pots are light and functional. I make my own glazes which are lead-free and full of deep color. I strive for beauty, inspired by Asian and African fabrics as well as my Marine Biology and Marin County roots.

My studio is in Berkeley California in the Sawtooth Building where I have worked in different studios for over twenty years. I had the privilege of having visiting Korean potters in my studio this last Spring which brought a lot of good times and an exchange of ideas which I have delighted in. I think you will notice how my Korean friends have influenced my new work.

I have been an artist-in-residence in Wood Fire Festivals in Japan (Aomori),
Republic of Korea (Osan) and China (Zibo.)

I am a founding member of the International Ceramic Artist Association, Zibo, China, 2008. My work has been collected by these museums:

  • World Ceramic Exposition Foundation, Yeoju, Republic of Korea
  • Zibo Ceramics Museum, Zibo, Shandong, China
  • Zibo International Ceramic Art Gallery, Zibo, Shandong, China
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