Steve Fullmer

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An artist in every sense of the word, Steve Fullmer believes in creating pieces of strong character, he has become a master of unexpected associations. American born living in Tasman, his environment generates an abundance of ideas.

A winner of many national ceramic awards, his domestic ware carries the unmistakable Fullmer stamp of ghostly faces, hints of the mysteries of outer space, and the weird and whimsical.

He prefers unglazed surfaces, the coarseness absorbing the lights, reflecting only the tactile quality of the original clay. Once he might have wiped a drip, corrected a slip, but now he allows it to stay. “It’s a mistake and someone had to do it. In fifty years it will be the mark of something made by hand.”

Artist Profile

Steve Fullmer was born in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. in 1946 and raised in Southern California near Los Angeles. It was here that his taste for arts and crafts was developed, first in the field of musical instruments making National Steel Guitars where quality was very important, and later discovering clay.

Steve first arrived in New Zealand in 1973 and began production-throwing work in Auckland. Two years later he travelled around Australia and for a while worked as a production thrower for Courtland Pottery in Perth. Now settled near Nelson in New Zealand, he has established a pottery and gallery and fires his work in large wood-fired kilns.

3 Responses to Steve Fullmer

  1. Steve, in this interview ( http://hrncirna.cz/en/galery_guest_fullmer_1.html ) you mentioned hand-potting at Beach Artware in 1973 and 1974 alongside, amongst others, Daniel Steenstra. At the New Zealand Pottery website ( newzealandpottery.forumotion.net ) we are starting to get a handle on unmarked pieces we believe to be from Beach, which after the death of Peter Beach continued trading as Traditional NZ, Kiln Craft, and finally Clay Craft, producing primarily slipcast wares. Any further information you can provide would be very helpful.
    Val Monk, author of books on Crown Lynn pottery, has started a topic on Beach Artware hand-potted here: http://newzealandpottery.forumotion.net/t5604-for-gallery-handpotted-beach-artware#21458 . Along with anything else you think may be helpful could you please tell us (1) who else was potting at Beach at the time, (2) was Beach Artware also making slip wares when you were there, and (3) did the individual potters have enough latitude in their work that it would be possible to distinguish the work of one from another, for example overall shapes, shapes of details such as knobs, and surface treatments (etc, etc).
    If nothing else it would be much appreciated if you could confirm that the unmarked pieces identified so far actually are from Beach Artware.
    Thanking you in advance, Jeremy Ashford.

  2. SHARON says:

    HELLO MY NAME IS SHARON CODLIN (NEE BEACH) MY PARENTS EVA AND PETER BEACH STARTED THE BEACHARTWARE POTTERY
    I AM HAPPY TO HELP WITH INFORMATION

  3. HI STEVE…I AM THRILLED THINGS HAVE GONE SO WELL FOR YOU…DIDN’T YOU WORK FOR ME AT “THE STUDIO POTTERY” IN WHITTIER CA. AROUND 1975-76?…THEN OFF TO AUSTRALIA NORTH COAST? SINCERE REGARDS…LARRY THOMS

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