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Polia Pillin
Modern and Contemporary Post-World War II - present Studio Ceramist
Polish, (September 1,1909–July 25, 1992) Pillin perfected the technique of painting on wet clay with colored clays, or, “engobes,” a form of clay of creamy consistency. After decorating each pot, the pottery was fired, then covered with transparent glaze and re-fired. The end result was abstract art on a piece of pottery with a luminous, glass like finish that is unmistakably recognizable.
Death
1992, Los Angeles, California

Exhibition History
January 25, 2020- May 16, 2021: "Decade by Decade: Women Artists of California", Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
1964: The Feingartern Galleries, Los Angeles, California
1962: "Polia Pillin Pottery Ceramics," Carnegie Hall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
1961: Ryder Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1960 - 1961: "Arts of Southern California -- VI: Ceramics," May 1960, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pennsylvania; September 1960, The Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina; October 1960, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina; November 1960, Pensacola Art Center, Pensacola, Florida; January 1961, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; February 1961, University Museum of Art, Eugene, Oregon; March 1961, University Art Gallery, Stanford, California
1954: Scripps College Ceramic Annual Exhibition, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1952: Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
1952: Los Angeles Art Museum Association (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1951 - 1952: Scripps College Ceramic Annual Exhibition, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1951: California State Fair, Sacramento, California
1950: Los Angeles Art Museum Association (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1950: Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California
1948 - 1956: The Willow, New York, New York
1947 - 1949: Wichita Art Association, Wichita, Kansas
1948: Los Angeles Art Museum Association (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Los Angeles, California
1947 - 1948: "Room of Chicago Art: Paintings by Miyoko Ito and Polia Pillin," August 7, 1947 - September 19, 1948, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Collections
Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, Texas
Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, New York
University of Maine, Orono, Maine
The A. A. D'Amico Collection
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California

Education
Jewish Peoples Institute, Chicago, Illinois
The Studio of Todros Geller, Hull House Art Center, Chicago, Illinois

Born
September 1, 1909, Poland


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