Nancy Servis, 2016.
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Nancy M. Servis

Nancy M. Servis is a recognized author, curator, and ceramic historian specializing in the history of Northern California ceramics. Her writing is frequently featured in the periodical, Ceramics: Art and Perception. Presently she is preparing her book, State of Clay: Bay Area Ceramics. 


Wave Jar with Lid, 1985. Carved stoneware with celadon-type glass. 17 ½ x 10". Photo courtesy of ServisArts.
Ruth Rippon's story parallels the rise of vessel-based ceramics in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, clay’s evolution into sculpture, and unconventional pluralism.
Brightly colored columns stand throughout the industrial site of Mission Clay Building Products on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Their presence, amidst outdoor horizontal stacks of terra cotta pipe, signals that artists are at work on eight-footextruded clay pillars.