Claude Conover, American (1907 - )

Claude Conover, a Cleveland ceramist, born in 1907, creates architectural pieces of large proportion with small openings. His work is quite sought after. Claude Conover worked for 30 years as a commercial designer before turning to ceramics.  By the 1960s he was devoting himself full time to his pots.  He exhibited in 14 May Shows; all told his work was shown in 47 exhibitions at museums and arts centers around the country, some traveling internationally.  Many regional patrons have made these hand-built stoneware pots -most off-white-some rough, some smooth, part of their home environment.

Conover is considered a member of the Cleveland School; a term first coined by Elrick Davis in a 1928 article for the Cleveland Press, titled "Cleveland's Art Pioneers Have Put City in Front Rank in Creative Field."

He was the Ohio Arts Council’s recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1983.


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