Claire Clark

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Claire Clark Sculpture Studio -- High Fire Stone Ware with Glazes and Oxides

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Salmagundi Club Contemporary Expressions 7/09 - 8/09 showed member shows & Annual Thumb- sold ‘01 - ‘09 Alphaeus P Cole Memorial Award ‘05
Pen and Brush, Inc. 63rd Annual Sculpture Exhibition ‘06 -‘09 Newspaper Article: “Art Speaks” photo of my sculpture for Pen and Brush ‘95 Annual Christmas Craft Shows 2nd Prize ‘95 HM ‘97
Dog Fanciers Club, Inc. 19th Contemporary American Dog Art Competition First Prize Sculpture 11/8/06
Art Exchange International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Slide Show November12 - 14th ‘06 Javitts Center NYC Ben Georgica Gallery New Jersey & Fort Worth,Florida, Contempory Fine Arts Gallery Fl Photos in NJ papers National League of American Pen Women Former President of the Manhattan Group member ‘03 - present
National Association of Women Artists 113th Annual Exhibition. Beatrice. G. Epstein Memorial Award “ ‘01 member ‘01 - present
New York Art World Broom Street Gallery NYC ‘02 - present
Metropolitian Artists NYC Group Show New Century ‘01
Professional Sculptors Guild‘ ”A Touch of Art”; article by Helen A. Harrison, New York Times, Sunday 6/25/95
American Artist’s Professional League HM ‘01 member ‘05 present
Artists Craftsmen of New York Group Shows ‘94 HM sculpture Broom St ‘08 ‘02‘ - present
Artists Space Irving Sandler artists file, sculpture photos ‘92 - present
Art Students’ League Sculptures in Christmas Shows and Student Shows ‘83 - ‘96 - ‘08
Ben Georgica Fine Arts Gallery photos in NJ Essex Journal ‘99-‘04
Hunter College Class Shows Photo of my sculpture in “Time Out Magazine”.Fall ‘96
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibits prizes sculpture 1st prize‘06 ‘99 2nd ‘99 ‘97 ‘95 3rd ‘96 ‘94 ‘95 ‘99 ‘03 HM ‘04 ‘ 05 ‘07 ‘09
50's photo in Andre Kertesz “Sixty Years of Photography” photo of self and sculptures”The Creator”
The Villager 5/24/95 Judy Charles
Daily News 8/27/95 Interviewed by John Henry
Daily News 9/3/99 Spare Times: on the street, picture & my work
Contemporary Religious Art Gallery Madonna 13th Century French Madonna & Child at the Metropolitan Museum
Worlds Fair ‘59 Pieta Pavilion “Flight to Egypt” glazed terra cotta relief shown in niche on way to Michelangelo’s Pieta NY (Contemporary Religious Art Gallery submitted my piece) ‘50
Village Art Center NYC first prize, “Rooster” terra cotta and cementf’57
Springfield Museum Mass. Eastern College Art Competition -Reviewed in Springfield Mass Newspaper ‘52


National Sculpture Society (Associate Member)
Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
National Association of Women Artists, Inc.
Salmagundi Club
Nation League of American Pen Women past president ’07
Burr Artists NYC Sculpture
Artists Space Irving Sandler Artist file
The Pen and Brush Inc. (Crafts & Sculpture)
Artist-Craftsmen of New York
Art Student’s League (Life Member)


Private Collections ( Info. upon request )
Prospect Heights High School
Sea Fare Restaurant (NYC)
Seton Hall University (Pennsylvania)
University of Oregon
Neighbors and Friends


Salmagundi Club
Sketch Classes ‘07 - ‘09
Gabrell Dellosso Sketching with explanation and criticism 7/8/09 - 8/12/09
Arts Student’s League
Sculpture classes: Frank Porque classes and lectures’08-‘09
Barney Hodes Scholarship ‘96 - ‘00, Leonid Lerman ‘98 - ‘99
Nathaniel Kaz’60s - 97', Gary Sussman ‘93-01', Sidney Simon ‘01-95, Jose DeCreft’70's, John Hovannis’50 - ‘84
Teachers College Columbia University (NYC)
Masters of Arts ‘68 Masters of Education ‘77
Hunter College (NYC)
Ceramics John Mason, Susan Peterson, Kim Dickey, Jeffery Mongrain ‘78 - ‘90
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Michigan Masters of Art ‘54
Bennington College (Vermont) ‘50 -‘52


McDowell Scholarship $6,000 to study sculpture (Rome & Paris ‘95 -‘96)
Merit Scholarship ‘95
Nessa Cohen Scholarship (‘99 - ‘00)


1966-1991: Board of Education (NYC) Instructor of Fine Arts Day High School Art Appreciation & Ceramics
1964-1965: Greniker Manikin Corp. (NYC) Window Display (Sculpted in clay, plaster & displayed in fiber glass)
1958-1963: Madam DuBerry Corp (NYC) Designed and drew Ladies Coats and Suits for Trade brochure
1954 University Of Oregon Assistant Instructor in Sculpture



Photography (digital, slides and prints and videotaping my sculpture trips and events ).
Sketching model twice a week at the Salmagundi Club and the Art Students League and making small clay sculptures from the sketches. Now I am arranging the sculptures on small bases.




With gratitude and appreciation, we pay homage to Claire Clark (1931 - 2019) who is celebrated for her figurative sculpture. Most of her work originated from observations of the model, using clay to build shapes structurally with feelings of the model and glazes with oxides for emphasis. Her work is easily recognized by her unique use of clay, keeping a hollow shell, using no armature.

Claire Clark was a born and bred New Yorker. Her mother is from New England and father from Yugoslavia. They were both architects. She and her younger sister grew up in Forest Hills and were active participants in community affairs.

Claire started her art at an early age. As a family, they did watercolors together, she starting at the age of three, on summer vacations. In the backyard she became aware of the growth of vegetables and plants. In the morning, seeing the morning glories in full array and then closing up. Digging in the sand at the beach and on her own in her studio or in the garden were all lively activities for her. She loved quoting her Grandmother saying you can dig a hole and get to China.

Claire first discovered ceramics in a high school class. Here she was able to fire and glaze her small sculptures. She also took weekend classes at the Museum of Modern Art, where she did a series of tempera paintings and also became very familiar with the museum. She became more involved with painting, first studying with Howard Trafton at The Art Students League of New York, and then with Harry Sternberg and then sculpture with John Hovannis. At Bennington College she studied painting, sculpture, and etching, and became more drawn to sculpture.

She worked at the Museum of Modern Art in a non-resident term with Ms. Constantine who liked her abstract work. At that time Claire did realistic drawings from the model. She worked with the model with an armature and clay, as well. It was a very exciting time for her. Every time the model turned, she felt there was so much fresh to look at. Her likenesses were good from the start. She continued studying sculpture with Nathaniel Kaz and John Hovannis. Proportions, application of clay, armatures and casting were all a part of this learning process.

After Bennington College Ms. Clark went to Cranbrook Academy of Art as a sculpture major. Here she worked abstractly. There were very few models and so she started really building with terra cotta. At this time, she was also welding, learning ceramics and throwing on the wheel, doing etching and dry point and wood and stone carving. Her subjects were figurative.

Soon afterwards, Claire Clark went to the University of Oregon in Eugene where she was an assistant in sculpture to Dentists. She took a full term of courses. She had her own studio as she previously had at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Here she did hands holding a peace dove.

Most of her work originated from observations of the model, using clay to build shapes structurally with feelings of the model and glazes with oxides for emphasis.

Later she attended Teachers College in New York and studied to be a High School Teacher. Her first job she had started in January 1966, and she continued to work with the Board of Education for 25 years.

Initially she taught junior high through high school students. She was permanently placed at Prospect Heights High School. She learned how to reach the children with painting and design; helped them to build their vocabulary and not to be afraid to express their ideas in pen or pencil. She taught ceramics too. The children needed to hold on to something. This in turn gave them something to work with. While teaching art in High School she did ceramics at Hunter College, sculptures in the summer at ASL, and later started acting to help keep everything together. She was in many plays and really loved acting, but found it best not to do both.

Since Claire retired in 1991, she worked only in sculpture. She started with an armature and then decided not to ever use one again. Her familiarity with clay helped her build figures without an armature. It took practice.

After 2 years of studying full time again, she won a McDowell Traveling Scholarship. She went to Rome and visited Naples, Sienna, and Florence in Italy. She did stone carving at the American Academy of Rome with Simon Verite. She helped him with a fountain he was making for the Academy in the Villa Aurelia garden.

She continued to show her work with several distinguished groups: The Pen and Brush Club, Professional Sculptors Guild, Visual Individualists United, Artists Craftsman of New York, and Burr Artists. She has had a one-man show at the Art Students League for her McDowell scholarship. At the league, she also won a Nessa Cohen scholarship.

Claire Clark had a good size studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with her own shuttle kiln. The kiln was a Bailey's 38" high by 27" width and depth. She hoped to do more of her abstract work and continued to do her realistic work at the League with the model, at that time.

From an Essay of - Claire Clark,
Sculptor and Ceramicist, New York

Claire Clark won a Prize for one of her Twin Towers with arms and heads. Her work was on exhibition with the National Association of Women Artists - 113th Annual Exhibition.

This show was on view from May 24 thru June 29, 2002, at the Banana Factory located at 25 West 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Her prize among many is the Beatrice G. Epstein Memorial Award Twin Towers3

Included in Clark's educational background is a BFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in the early 50s. In the late 50s she began studying at The Art Students League of New York where she won the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant for 1995.

Her work in ceramics started in the late 70s at Hunter College. It was the facilities at Hunter College that made it possible for her to complete her pieces (color from glazes and oxides from firing of the clay.

Written by Claire Clark


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