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Howard Pierce’s Ceramic World

We started collecting his pieces about a year ago. We love the simplified design of the creatures and people that he sculpts. He was a master at his craft for over 45 years. Mr. Pierce passed away in 1994 leaving us with the gift of his design and the uniqueness of his ideas.

Born in Chicago, Howard began his artistic training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois. He moved to Claremont, California in 1934, where he continued his education at Pomona College. He began producing ceramics in the late 1940’s. He moved to Joshua Tree in 1968 to continue ceramic design and production. Many of Howard’s pieces are now collectors items and Howard is prominent in many books on American Ceramics.

Here are a few pieces we have. It is important to make sure they are marked because there were some other makers that produced pieces that looked almost the same.

5 responses »

  1. I love the “Mama and her babies” and the last one. They are my favorites. I love his work and the large dolphin has been a fav of mine for years…. sigh – one day maybe! 🙂


  2. Your pieces are exquisite. I don’t think I’ve ever seen his work before – or maybe have & didn’t know it. Simply gorgeous & I learn something new & valuable here every day!


  3. Love the pieces, especially the owl. I have one of the tree with two owls, somewhat like your tree and birds. I don’t know much about the piece or when it was made, but it’s looks extremely new. I have only seen one other like it, but with only one owl…



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