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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 61, Number 8 (Dec. 1959)

Badger bookshelf,   pp. 20-21


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            Artist-in-Residence at the
University of Wisconsin, is the author
of a beautiful new book published re-
cently by The University of Wisconsin
Press. A Pottery Sketchbook is a fascin-
ating collection of pottery sketches,
which play on the fantasies, abstract de-
vices, and diverting variations of nature.
The book is the lifeblood of a pottery
collaboration between F. Carlton Ball,
the ceramic artist, and Mr. Bohrod who
extends Ball's pottery decoratively.
  Because he is involved with a de-
manding, incisive way of still-life paint-
ing, Bohrod finds his pottery sketch-
books a form of relaxation. Both the
free-flowing pen lines and the invented
materials contrast sharply with the
slowly nurtured technique and the de-
tailed delineation of concrete things em-
ployed as symbols in his oil paintings.
To the many admirers of Mr. Bohrod's
still-life paintings, this sampling of his
pottery sketchbooks will give a new and
fascinating insight into the artist.
   Alternating pairs of pages in this
book are reproduced in brown and
green, suggestive of the variations in
shading and colors in the finished pot-
tery itself. Photographs of a few of the
more than 500 vases and pots which Mr.
Bohrod has produced in collaboration
with   arnton ball are interspersed with
the sketches. Supplementing the few
pages of introductory matter at the be-
ginning of the book are photographs of
the artist and the potter at work and
samples of Mr. Bohrod's oil paintings
in which the influence of his pottery is
felt.
  Aaron Bohrod, Artist-in-Residence at
the University of Wisconsin since 1948,
studied at Chicago's Art Institute and
the New York Art Students' League.
His works have won at least one na-
tional art award each year since 1933
and hang in permanent collections of
the major art galleries in the United
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1959
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