chris breur

Chris Breuer

Resident Artist - Past

Residence Time: 1977-1980

My artwork is most inspired by natural wilderness, in particular the expansive landscapes and skies of the American Southwest and the pristine lake regions of the northern boreal forest.

A native of the Chicago area, I first discovered my passion for pottery when I was 18. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Studio Art and Art History, I moved to Philadelphia to join The Clay Studio. I also attended workshops and visited the studios of artists whose work fascinated me – Warren Mackenzie, Harry Davis, Paul Soldner, William Daley, Ruth Duckworth, Donald Judd, and David Davison.

I apprenticed for two years with David Davison, potter and professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and collaborated extensively with painter and mail-artist Harley. I have also designed and built numerous stoneware kilns, including one at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and several at Oberlin College.

My wife Paula Aghajanian and I renovated an old Ohio farmhouse and built my studio and kilns, establishing Breuer Pottery Studio and Gallery in 1982. During the last three-and-a-half decades, Paula and I have focused on creating a beautiful and nourishing environment in which to live, work, and raise a family. In my studio, I have created over 14,000 pots, and I continue to explore the infinite possibilities of the simple materials that I have chosen to work with. My most recent work has focused on hand-built forms in collaboration with my daughter, Noël.