Tom Coleman




I’ve been writing artist statements for many years and for the most part I find the experience much like a self massage. Recently when asked to repeat this task someone said just tell us what you’re about- what do you believe in? It didn’t take me long to think about this since I talk about it in every workshop I give. First and foremost, I believe one must have a true love of the medium. Second, I believe in quality, the highest one can achieve to their ability. Third, since I was trained in the classic Japanese tradition, I think that pure form, composition and balance must be learned before one can attempt such things as sculpture or a-symmetrical pieces. Starting off as a functional potter with a degree in fine art helped me advance to the position I’m in today. Money helps pay the bills but it can’t be the sole reason one becomes involved with an art form. My true love of clay, glazes and the process of finishing my pieces have helped me to stay just as excited about my art as I was when I started over fifty years ago.

CV (Selected Resume)

1964-1968  The Museum of Art School, Fine Arts Degree, Portland, Oregon
1968-1987   Studio Potter, Canby, OR
1969-1973   Head of Ceramics, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
1973-1974   Portland State University, OR
1987-1990   Instructor UNLV, Las Vegas, NV
1974-1993   Studio Potter, Oregon and Nevada
1994-2000  Coleman Clay Studio & Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
2000-2016  Studio Potter, Henderson, NV

2016  NCECA, Red lodge Clay Center, Kansas City, MO
2015  Dan finch Pottery , “Four Amigos”, NC
2015  Sherrie Gallerie Exhibition, “Tom & Elaine Coleman Treasures”, Ohio
2015  Columbus Cultural Center, Ohio
2014  Akar Design, “Yunomi Invitational” Iowa City, Iowa
2014  “Shino On”, Houston, Texas
2014 “Collaboration” Red Lodge Clay Center Gallery, Montana
2013  Akar Design, “Yunomi Invitational” Iowa City, Iowa
2013  NCECA “Shino Extravaganza”, Houston, Texas
2013  Walla Walla University Gallery, Washington
2012 “The Cup Show Invitational”, Seattle Washington
2012  Red Lodge Gallery, NCECA, Washington
2012  Peninsula Fine Arts Center,VA

2011  Santa Fe “SOFA”, Sherrie Gallerie
2011  The Craftsman House, Saint Petersburg, FL
2010  Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT
2010  Art Spirit Gallery, “Clay Invitational”, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
2010  AKAR  Design, Iowa City, Iowa

Portland Community College/Rock Creek Campus, Portland, OR

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio, The State of Colorado Permanent Collection, Steamboat Springs, CO
The Smithsonian Institute, American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Long Beach Art Museum, CA
Grimmerhus Museum, Fyn, Denmark
American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
San Angelo Museum of Art, TX
Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Kaiser Hospital, Portland, OR
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Logan, Utah
Sapporo Sister City Collection, Japan
Portland Museum of Art, OR
Dwight Holland Collection, NC
Contemporary Museum of Art Collection, Portland, OR
Timber Press Publishing Company, Portland, OR
Wooster College Art Museum, OH
Earl Mallard Collection, IL
Charles A Custom Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI



2016  Presenter for The Gulf  Shores Kiln Walk conference, Florida
2015  River Oaks Square Art Center, Juror for “Dirty Mugs Competition, LA

2012  “The Cone Box Show” juror, NCECA 2013
2008  Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Juror for Invitational Exhibition
2005  “Strictly Functional” Juror, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman
2004  “500 Cups” Juror, Lark Book