Ted Vogel



Ted Vogel is Associate Professor of Art and Program Head in Ceramics at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he has taught since 1994. He received his MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BFA in Ceramics from the University of South Dakota.

In addition to his teaching at Lewis & Clark College, Ted has taught workshops nationally, including Penland School for Arts and Crafts, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, the Mendocino Art Center and has served as a visiting artist at numerous colleges, universities and art centers. Ted was the recipient of a residency at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana, the Watershed Ceramic Center in Maine and in 2006, was a resident artist at the Zentrum fur Keramics in Berlin and a visiting artist at the College of Art & Design in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to coming to the Archie Bray Foundation, Ted served as Gallery Director and Ceramics Program Coordinator at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities in Colorado.

In 1996, he was invited to participate in a yearlong glass residency at internationally recognized Bullseye Glass in Portland, Oregon. Following that tenure Ted has often incorporated glass, clay, cast iron and digital imagery into his art-making vocabulary. His work is exhibited widely and is held in numerous public and private collections. His work is also published in numerous books and ceramics publications.

Other credits include: On-site co-coordinator of the 2006  National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Portland, Oregon, Member of the NCECA Board of Directors for several years, Co-founding Developers of accessCeramics.org, a growing collection of images of the work of several recognized contemporary ceramics artists.  


I have always been a collector of objects, and a maker of spare parts. In my work these “parts”are made of clay, kiln cast glass, digital images and other mixed media elements. My interest in working with clay, glass, cast iron, the photographic image and other materials is in what each material gives: light, color, transparency, depth, strength, weight, illusion, fragility, etc.

Each part is formed and fired using a variety of techniques and finished in range of surfaces and colors that embrace my ideas of symbolism and metaphor.

Reflecting the traditions of ceramic and glass figurines and the kitsch ceramics of the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s, my work explores ideas of storytelling and allegory and references our inseparable relationship to the natural world, the body, humanness and our complex and precarious interactions with mankind.


M.F.A. 1984, University of Colorado, Boulder – Ceramic Sculpture  

B.F.A. 1980, University of South Dakota, Vermillion; Major: Ceramics



  • 2010 – Present    Associate Professor of Art – Program Head in Ceramics
  • 1994-2010 Assistant Professor of Art – Program Head in Ceramics, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
  • 2003-05 & 2009-11            Art Department Chair, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
  • 2014 – Present MFA Graduate Committees, Oregon College of Art & Craft
  • 2007 Regional Artist/Mentor for the University of the Arts MFA Program, Philadelphia


  • 2007 – present     Co-founder of accessCeramics.org – A contemporary ceramics image database
  • 2003-2006    Coordinator of the National Council for the Education for the Ceramic Arts 2006 annual conference in Portland, Oregon   
  • 1991–1994 Assistant Director, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana  
  • 1986–1990 Gallery/ Museum Director, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, Colorado


2014 May-June ”Image – A Ceramic Show of Decalcomania” curated by Dan Anderson & Ted Vogel Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR

2006 Curator for numerous exhibitions for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Art 2006 conference in Portland

2003 Curator of “Sculptural Clay” exhibition, 14 artists, Modern Zoo PCAC, Portland, OR

April 2002 Co-Curator of ”Visions & inspirations of Oregon Potters Association” Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland OR

1996-1998 Co-Curator for historical survey of Contemporary American Ceramic Artists for “National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts” Exhibition date:  March-May 1998 Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, Texas

July 1995 Curator of Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artist Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana


June 2016                           Watershed Center for Ceramics, Maine

Fall 2014 – 2105                 Ash Street Project, Portland, OR

Summer 07                         Watershed Center for Ceramics, Artist invites Artists

Fall 2006                            Zenturm Fur Keramik, Berlin, Germany

1997-98                             Bullseye Glass, Common Ground, Portland, OR “8 clay artists explore glass”

   1989-1993 Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS                     

March-April   2016                     One-person Exhibition, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon

February – March  2016              Two-person Exhibition, “The Forest for the Trees” Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon

January–February  2016              One-person Exhibition, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington                                      

Oct – Nov 2015                   “Object Lessons” One-person Exhibition with catalog, Kent State University, Ohio

Nov-Jan 2014                     “Slip, Slab, Coil, Pinch, Press, Throw” Invitational, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon

January 2014                     “Relics of a Tale” one-person exhibition with catalog, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark         

February 2013                    One-person Exhibition, Plinth Gallery Denver, Colorado

August, 2012                     “The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art” Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee

                                         State University, Johnson City Tennessee (Juried with catalog)

May-June                            One-person Exhibition, Vertigo Art Space, Denver, Colorado

June – July 2011               “Then and Now” 60 years of Archie Bray Foundation, Holter                                                    Museum of Art, Invitational, Helena, Montana

January 2010                      One-person exhibition, Kittridge Gallery, University of Puget                                                      Sound, Tacoma

July 09- Jan 10                    “The Academy is Full of Craft” work from the collection, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, Oregon

January 2009                      “Beasts & Botanicals” invitational, Clark College, Washington                        

April 2008                          “Red Plane” Cannon Gallery of Art, Western Oregon University, Monmouth                                         

August 2007                      “Fahrenheit 1940” invitational, Baltimore Clay Works, MD                            

December 2006                  One-person exhibition, Center for Ceramics, Berlin, Germany

October 2006                     ”Teapot” Univ. of Miami Gallery of Art, Coral Gables, Florida

March 2004                        ClayFusion: Ceramics work in Glass, Bullseye Connection Gallery, Portland                            

November 2005                  Good Bird, Bad Bird, Invitational, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland

September 2005                 Cups, Cups Cups, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

June 2005                           One-person Exhibition, Contemporary Crafts Museum, Portland OR

November 2004 University of South Dakota Art Invitational, Vermillion, South Dakota

Nov- Dec 2002 “The Art of Clay: Contemporary Ceramic West Coast CeramicsSanta Rosa Junior     College, CA

September 2001 Two-person Exhibition, Artworks Gallery Bozeman, MT

June 2001 One-person Exhibition, Indiana University Southeast

New Albany, Indiana

September 2000 Earth & Fire, invitational, Larsen Gallery, Yakima, WA

August 2000 The Clay Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur d’ Alene, ID

March 2000 Archie Bray and the Colorado Connection, Colorado Gallery of the

Littleton. Colorado

One Hundred Years of Colorado Ceramics, The Colorado Historical Society, Denver

Free Wheeling: Five Ceramic Masters From CU, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder

May 1999 One-person Exhibition, Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, Oregon

August 1999 One-person Exhibition, Danforth Museum, Livingston, Montana

September 1998 Six Ceramic Artists, Campbell Hall Gallery, Western

Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

January-February 1997 Common Ground, glass works by ceramic artists Bullseye Connection, Portland. OR

October 1997 One-person Exhibition, Bona Keane Gallery, Portland

August – September 1997   Pacific Northwest Annual, Juried, Bellevue Art Museum

 Bellevue, Washington


2003 – 2006 Conference co-coordinator for NCECA conference 2006 – Portland, OR

1999-2006                       Board of Director-Director at Large – the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts – NCECA


April 2008 Juror for “2008 National Cup Exhibition” Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

January 2008                   Juror for the Scholastic Art Awards – Oregon Art Education Association

Oct 2005 Juror for the “Emerging Artists” award for the 2006 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, Portland, Or

May 2005 Juror for the “Oregon Crafts Biennial” OCAC, Portland, OR


2015                               Regional Arts Council Professional Development Grant

Oregon Arts Council – Career Advancement Grant

Ford Foundation – Career Advancement Grant

2009 “National Endowment for the Art 2009 Grant Award: Access to Artistic Excellence”

Support for accessCeramics.org

2008                               “NITLE Instructional Innovation Fund Grant” support for accessCeramics.org

2006                               Lighton International Artists Exchange Grant, Kansas City Artists Coalition to support residency at Zenturm Fur Keramik, Berlin


2015                               “Electric Kiln Ceramics” Fred Bartolovic, American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio

2014                               “Relics of a Tale” Catalog, Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Peter Held and Linda Tesner

“The new ceramics Sculpting and Handbuilding” Claire Coder, The American Ceramics

                                       Society, Ohio, Bloomsbury.com

2012 “The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art” Slocumb Gallery, review of my work, Number: an independent art journal #73 Jamie Santos-Prowse Fall 2012

2010 “Good Parenting” Ceramics Monthly, article by Karl Burkheimer April, 2010

2009 “Dry Glazes” Jeremy Jernegan AC & Black Publishers, London

2008 “500 Chqirs” Lark Books, Asheville, NC

2007 “500 Tiles” Lark Books, Asheville, NC

2005 “Ted Vogel’s bark has some bite” The Oregonian, June 24, 2005

2003 “Electric Fired Ceramics” Richard Zakin, Chilton Books

2001 “Ceramics, Mastering the Craft” Richard Zakin, Krause Publications

“Ted Vogel at Indiana University Southeast”, leoweekly, Louisville, KT

2000 “Extruded Ceramics” Lark Books, Asheville, NC

1998 “The Best of Pottery – Volume 2 “Rockport Publishing Glouster, MA

“The Ceramic Design Book” Lark Books, Asheville, NC

June-August 1998 “The Totemic Sculpture of Ted Vogel” Kate Bonansinga, Ceramics Monthly Magazine

Fall 1997 Ceramics, Art and Perception, Sydney, Australia, sculpture of Ted Vogel


Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Arvada Center For the arts And Humanities, Arvada, Colorado

Bank of Chicago, Denver, Colorado

Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, OR

Colorado Historical Museum. The Rodger Lang Collection of Ceramics, Denver, Colorado

Colorado Savings & Loan, Arvada, Colorado

Empire Savings & Loan, Canon City, Colorado

First International Bank of Englewood, Colorado,

National City Bank, Denver

Mountain Bell Company, Englewood, Colorado

Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, Oregon

Silverado Savings & Loan, Denver

United Bank of Cherry Creek, Denver

University of South Dakota, Vermillion

Vance Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Denver, Colorado

Zenturm Fur Keramik, Berlin, Germany


Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland, Oregon

Plinth Gallery, Denver Colorado

Eutectic Gallery, Portland, Oregon