Lucas Artists Fellow

Born in New York in 1963, Silverman majored in Ceramic Arts for a year at the University of Colorado before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). While at RISD, Silverman studied architecture, art and design, but continued to practice pottery in his own time. In 1988, following graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in architecture. After only a few years, Silverman began to focus his attention on clothing design. Together with two friends, he launched a punk skater clothing line called X-Large in 1991. Silverman, however, never lost interest in the ceramic arts. While working as both an architect and clothing designer, the artist maintained an independent studio where he could continue to work with clay. In 1998, Silverman ceased working in all mediums except ceramics. Five years later he started Atwater Pottery, named after his neighborhood in Los Angeles.

For Silverman, the seemingly varied practices of architecture, clothing design, and pottery are unified through formal and theoretical interests – structure and engineering or how each material relates to the human body. Over the years, his ceramic works have evolved from strictly functional to more process-oriented pieces. As he notes, in his work “formal issues of shape, scale, proportion, balance, weight, and surface treatment dovetail with issues of materials and methods of making. The intended results are abstract objects that contain, suggest, project, equally fundamental issues of meaning.”

Silverman currently serves as Studio Director of Heath Ceramics. His work has been shown internationally in museums and galleries including the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery, Portland; the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland; Lightbox in Los Angeles; and Starnet Zone in Mashiko, Japan. Silverman’s work will be on exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Atwater Pottery has been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and GQ Magazine among others. Silverman is represented by Tomio Koyama in Tokyo.