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Potter Bob Brigl

Born in North Dakota, Robert Brigl grew up in the Midwest and came to Kentucky when his father came to the state to finish his doctorate. Robert studied ceramics at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, under the direction of professor Bill Weaver.

After graduating with a BA in Art Education in 1974, Robert apprenticed for four years with Weaver, assisting him in the building of a studio and kilns. During this apprenticeship, Robert worked on another degree at Western and received an MA in Public Administration in 1976.

He then worked as the exhibits curator for the Kentucky Museum for ten years before deciding to return to clay.

From 1986 to 2006, he taught high school art. He retired in 2006 to allow more time to work with clay. Drawn to the traditional forms of American Folk Pottery, Robert makes both functional and sculptural ceramic jugs and bottles on the potter's wheel.

He sculpts these thrown forms with faces and figures by adding clay to their surfaces. Robert often finishes these pieces with glaze and adds semi-precious stones, or sand-blasts the surfaces to make the glazes appear to be time-worn. He also makes a line of handbuilt and pinched face "Nuts" in a variety of sizes from two to eight inches.

Robert is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program and regularly shows his work at the co-operative studio and gallery, The Pots Place Co-op Studio and Gallery in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Design in Louisville, Kentucky, the Completely Kentucky Gallery in Frankfort, Kentucky, and the Ferguson Gallery in Marblehead, Ohio.

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