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Stan Bitters pottery in LA Times

Postby nichols » Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:54 pm

LOS ANGELES TIMES

ARTISAN
His funky pottery's suddenly in
By David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
July 13, 2006

STAN BITTERS likes to get his hands dirty. For the last five decades, the 69-year-old artist and designer has pinched and pressed clay into oversized planters, molded it into figurative sculptures known as "potato people" and carved it into decorative reliefs...

http://www.latimes.com/features/printed ... 6678.story

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Postby Miguel » Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:52 am

Stan Bitters (http://stanbitters.com/)has created beautiful murals in a number of institutional and commercial buildings in various central California valley cities like Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton, etc.

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and during 1959 - 1965 he designed ceramic murals, pots, tiles and sculpture products for the now extinct Hans Sumpf Co. in Madera, CA http://www.tileheritage.org/THF-ENews2-06.html#Hanshttp://www.tileheritage.org/THF-ENews2-06.html#Hans

Some of these great mural works are in danger of being permanently destroyed due to reckless "renovation".

As an aside, I was told that the adobe sculpture hanging in front of my house was made by one of his former students (John Bennett) at Hans Sumpf:

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Postby Miguel » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:04 pm

There's a great illustrated feature on Stan Bitters' work in the current Winter (V9, N4) issue of Modernism magazine.
He's at last getting due credit for his great work! Maybe it'll help saving many of his beautiful commercial commissions:
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http://la.apartmenttherapy.com/la/news/ ... ine-016399

By the way, I found this great Flickr slide show for his Duncan Ceramics commission:
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http://flickr.com/photos/mrphancy/sets/ ... 6043/show/
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Postby Miguel » Sat Dec 23, 2006 6:31 am

Archive link for the LA Times article:
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/acc ... sc=ARTISAN

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Jan 05, 2007 5:18 pm

Hey Miguel, Do you have more info on Duncan Ceramics? I'll have to put it on my list next time I head out to Fresno.

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Postby Miguel » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:24 pm

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Duncan ceramics ( http://www.duncanceramics.com ) is located in Clovis, the twin city just east of Fresno ( http://tinyurl.com/ycr98r ).

CNBC made a feature on the company:
http://72.3.202.169/video/cnbc_on_the_m ... 060506.asx

By the way, Lynx, what did you think of Fresno when you visited.... as it as terrible as you expected it to be?

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Postby Lynxwiler » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:45 pm

Fresno was wonderful!

I went to the city to see its neon signage and found so much more than I ever expected. The historic theaters and 1964 shopping plaza were truly inspiring. I was most impressed by the 1960s artwork and forgotten time warps for shopping and dining.

Fresno was overflowing with midcentury design and I hope more ModCommers get out there to see it for themselves. I'll definitely go back.


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