University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Visiting Artist Series welcomes Tom and Elaine Coleman Oct. 26-28

Art and Design's Visiting Artist Series presents internationally acclaimed artists Tom and Elaine Coleman Oct. 26-28. Presentations by the artists are at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 27-28, in the Paul E. Barr Memorial Lecture Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. The presentations are free and open to the public.

In 1964, Tom and Elaine Coleman met when they both went to The Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Ore. In 1972, they moved out of Portland to Canby, Ore., with their two boys and set up their pottery studio. In 1987 they moved to Henderson, Nevada just out of Las Vegas. From graduation till now Tom Coleman has been a full time studio potter. They opened Coleman Clay Studio in Las Vegas from 1994 to 2001. This was a studio for throwing classes and private studio spaces and a gallery. Tom now works in his studio at home and does many workshops and shows each year. The desert has greatly influenced his work just as the Northwest did when he was living there.

Elaine did mostly slab work in the 70′s and handbuilt pieces. In 1975, she began incising some of Tom’s porcelain pots. Tom and Elaine have been collaborating on their work for the last 35 years. Tom throws all of her pieces now and she does the surface design. Elaine does some workshops with Tom and many exhibitions. They have a showroom for serious buyers open by appointment only. Please see for more info.

The Visiting Artist Series is sponsored by generous funding provided by the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Foundation and the Charles D. and Elynor B. Nelson Foundation.

-- Art and Design.

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