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Steve Merritt Born 26, March 1947, in Rochester, New York

Education: BA 1969, Oberlin College, Ohio

Advanced Study:

Ishikawa Seiho w/ Ishikawa Seiho, apprenticeship, Unzen, Nagasaki - ken, Japan 1970, 1971

The founder of modern Unzen-style pottery (Unzen-yaki). Built his own takigi-gama in Unzen, Nagasaki in 1960. Upon request, presented a tea bowl and vase to the then Emperor and Empress (1961). After designing and building a new ana-gama in 1973, he held several solo shows and joint shows with his daughter, Hami, and son-in-law, Akira. Mr. Ishikawa passed away in 1993.

Inoue Manji w/ Inoue Manji, porcelain program, Saga Prefectural Ceramic Laboratory, Arita, Japan 1971, 1972

A ceramist specializing in the white lacquered porcelain (hakuji). Born in Arita Prefecture where some of Japan's most active kilns are located. Studied with Sakaida Kakiemon XII and Okukawa Tadaemon. Designated as a living national treasure for his masterly skills in making hakuhi porcelain in 1995.


Instructor, Ceramics Program, Rochester
    Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop, 1977

Adjunct Instructor, R.I.T./C.C.E. Ceramics
    Program, 1979-1991

Extended Part-time Lecturer, R.I.T./Part-time
    Studies, Ceramics, 1992-2000

Major one person and group shows:

Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York 1974, 1975
Atelier 696, Rochester, New York 1977, 1979
Germanow Gallery, Rochester, New York 1982
Strasenburg Planetarium, Rochester, New York, 1985, 1995
Dawson Gallery, Rochester, New York 1986
Opus II, New York, New York 1998
Lightner Gallery, Chautqua, Keyuke College 1989
Mitzie Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio 1993
Gloria Pelvin Gallery, Chatauqua, New York 1993
Adams Art Gallery, Fredonia, New York, 1996
Signature Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts 1998
Japanese Embassy, Washington DC, 2000

Recent Exhibitions:

Markusen and Merritt,
    Lekae Gallery,
    Scottsdale, Arizona 2005
Craft and Art of Western New York,
    Burchfield Penny Art Museum,
    Buffalo, NY 2002, 2004
New Collection,
    Trinity Gallery,
    Atlanta, Georgia 2003
Clay and Paint,
    Erlich Gallery,
    Marblehead, Massachusetts 2003
Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition,
    Memorial Art Gallery,
    Rochester, New York 2001, 2003
Mapped Facets and Clay Vessels,
    Kenan House Gallery,
    Lockport, New York, 2001
    Renwick Gallery,
    Smithsonian American Art Museum,
    Washington DC, 2001
World Competition of Arts and Crafts,
    Kanazawa, Japan, 2000

Recent Acquiring Collections:

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Burchfield Penny Art Museum, Buffalo, New York
The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
    Rochester, New York
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery
    Washington, D.C.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Ikebana Container
Ikebana Series,
h7" X w20"

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