About the Artists

Russell Coburn is a gifted potter who began making his first high-fired pots during his Junior year at Boulder High School in 1968. He then went on to study pottery at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon and UNC in Colorado before opening a studio in New Mexico and being invited to show in some prestigious Santa Fe galleries. Furthering his education with undergraduate and graduate studies in Ceramics and Archaeology at CU, he gained expertise in the early cultures of the Southwest and around the world, providing him valuable information about prehistoric ceramics.

Throughout the time he developed as a potter, Coburn studied under such greats as Ken Shores, Toshiko Takaezu, Herb Schumacher and Betty Woodman. His fascination also led him to travel to museums and ancient kiln sites in China, Mexico and the UK. Particularly influential to his artistic style is the pottery of the Song and Yuan Dynasties and Medieval Europe. His work is described as “International Historical.” He keeps contact with other great and well-known potters across the globe.

Of his work Coburn says, “I hope I’ll never stop being a student, never stop learning, never stop getting better expressing through the clay, the glazes, the Self.”

Contact us for more information or to set a private appointment. Email: info@coburnstudio.com; phone: 720-745-8441.


Below Top: Russ at the Tor of Glastonbury, 2012
Below Middle: Russ at his studio in Galisteo, NM, 1974

Bottom: Holding large vase with clay "teardrop" embellishment

Russ Coburn in Galisteo, NM, 1974

 

Elliott McDowell, our resident photographer, was one of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s most renowned photographers for decades and now lives in the same neighborhood as Russ Coburn and the gallery itself, making Colorado his home base for future work and inspiration.

In the 1970’s McDowell was an expert at traditional photography techniques, acclaimed for his impeccably printed photographs of quirky and playful subjects. A collection of these classic black and white works, including Fleetwood, New Mexico appeared in the the book Photographs: Elliott McDowell (1981). Signed copies are available online and in the gallery.

Describing his process, McDowell says, "Putting my eye to camera has always been a passageway into another dimension. Although the eye is in this world it looks into another, a place that becomes captured and held in timelessness. What is seen is filtered by all that has come to make up the viewer/photographer, a lifetime of experiences that have been processed by the mind, heart, and soul. This filter gives the image a personal signature. Why this particular image or place? Who knows? If we are photographers we are photographing our way through life. It can certainly give feedback as to our mental/spiritual state at the time. If we enter this space with reverence the outcome can be magical and more than ever imagined."