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Water ("7 x 95")

Edward S. Eberle (American, b. 1944)


Medium porcelain with terra sigillata Measurements H: 9 1/2 x W: 15 1/2 x D: 16 1/2 in. (24.13 x 39.37 x 41.91 cm) Credit Helen Johnston Acquisition Fund Accession Number 2007.28 Location Not on View


Pittsburgh artist Edward Eberle is recognized for his imaginative illustrations on porcelain. Water (“7 x 95”) contains a host of fanciful human figures grounded by a black sea. At the top of the bowl, figures splash over the rim, as if the scene is flowing in and out of the vessel. Although Eberle has previously decorated the interiors of his vessels with pattern, this bowl marks the first work in which he uses the interior and exterior as a single uninterrupted canvas.

Artist Bio

A native of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, Edward Eberle has lived and worked in Pittsburgh since 1975. He holds a B.S. in Art Education from Edinboro State College (1967) and an M.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (1972). In the 1970s and early 1980s, Eberle taught ceramics at the Philadelphia College of Art and Carnegie Mellon University. In 1985 he became a full time studio artist focusing on ceramics and drawing. Eberle's work has been recognized for its exploration of the human condition through a unique marriage of unglazed porcelain and fanciful illustration in black terra sigillata (porcelain slip).