The FIA began collecting contemporary ceramics in the mid 20th century, and its collection has been substantially increased by gifts from Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger. Bob and Debbie (as they are known by friends) Burger began giving selected works from their extensive collection of contemporary ceramics in 2005, and since that time, they have donated more than 200 works. Their gift served as a catalyst for the addition of the Contemporary Craft wing in 2018. Additional works of contemporary ceramics were gifted to the FIA in 2018 from the Sidney Swidler Collection. 

Highlights of the Contemporary Craft - Ceramics Collection


Local Mind Disaster, 1972
Robert Arneson

Terracotta
2016.9


Empire of Dust, 2006
Beth Cavener

Stoneware with painting and an antique box
2016.33


Acrobats, 1995
Mark Chatterley

Stoneware and steel
2016.55


Untitled, 1979
Richard DeVore

Stoneware
1979.299


Winter/Summer Comes, 2002
Christine Federighi

Stoneware
2016.35


Lidded Teapot, 2001
Ken Ferguson

Raku stoneware
2015.104


Mixed Bouquet, 1989
David Furman

Ceramic
2009.62


Old Skool (African Goose), 2013
Alessandro Gallo

Clay and acrylics
2016.10


Mother-in-Law Mummy of the Neroic Period, 1972
David Gilhooly

Glazed stoneware
2015.101


Shadow, 1999
Sergei Isupov

Glazed ceramic
2016.12


Untitled Dango, 2003
Jun Kaneko

Stoneware
2006.61


Crusty Vessel, 2003
William Kidd

Earthenware
2017.75


Johann’s Jacket, 1990
Marilyn Levine

Ceramic and mixed media
2002.18


Animalkind, 2007
Michael Lucero

Whiteware
2009.74


Sugar and Creamer Set, n.d.
Bodil Manz

Porcelain
2009.144


Large Hexagonal Nut, 2006
Steven Montgomery

Painted ceramic
2008.325


Tea Stack, 2005
Don Reitz

Salt-fire ceramic vessel
2009.72


Tea Bowl #1, 2004
Mary Roehm

Porcelain
2016.67


Oneway, 1985
Kathryn Kennedy Sharbaugh

Porcelain
1986.74


Stoneware Pot, 1963
Toshiko Takaezu

Stoneware
1963.16


Carved Sculptural Vessel, 2012
Judi Tavill

Stoneware
2017.76


Colonel Wetneck of the East Indies, 1977
Peter VandenBerge

Polychrome earthenware
2015.73


Idiotheim, 2009-10
Christopher A. Vicini

Porcelain
2011.94


Storm Warning, 2003
Patti Warashina

Polychrome earthenware with steel stand
2015.72


Untitled (Blue Lustre Vessel with Gold Masks), 1981
Beatrice Wood

Stoneware with lustre glazes
1994.4