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Who are some notable ceramic artists?

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Notable ceramic artists include Victor Spinski, Annie Woodford, Peter Voulkos and John Glick. The often exhibited work of these artists spans from the 1950s until present.

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Victor Spinski, who died in 2013, was known for replicating non-ceramic subjects in ceramic sculptures, including garbage cans, dirty dishes and beer cartons. During his life, his work was exhibited at many museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. Several museums, such as the Racine Art Museum, include his pieces in their permanent collections.

Annie Woodford's includes delicate pieces inspired by nature. Since the 1980s, her work has regularly appeared in exhibitions and has received awards including the Crafts Council Award in 1987 and the Society of Scottish Artists Prize.

Peter Voulkos, who died in 2002, created abstract expressionist ceramic works. He founded and taught at the ceramics art department at the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1950s, Voulkos was an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. Numerous museums own his pieces, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Honors received by John Glick include the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 1977 and 1988, the Governor's Michigan Artist Award in 2001 and the Michigan Foundation for the Arts Governor's Award in 1977. His work includes sculptures and practical use items such as dinnerware.

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