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David Cohen

Artist Biography

Born : Sept. 12 1932. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Teaching Experience:

1965-86 Lecturer in Ceramics, Edinburgh College of Art

1986-91 Head of Ceramics. Glasgow School of Art


1947-51 Carpentry apprenticeship

1953-54 U.S Navy,Metalsmith School

1957-58 Layton Art School

1958-62 Edinburgh College of Art

1962-63 Fellowship Scripp's College

Selected Exhibitions 

Visiting Lectures:

1963 Iowa State University

1970 Haystack, Hinckley School of Crafts, Maine

1971 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

1975-78 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

1978 Haifa University. Israel

1979 South Carolina Museum School, U.S.A

1982-83 Highland Craftpoint, Beauly, Scotland

1980-84 Ulster University, Northern Ireland

1982-85 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

1985 Baer Sheva University, Israel

1989 Lecture tour, U.S.A:

1990 International Potters Camp, Aberystwyth. Wales

1991 Maryland Institute of Art and Design. Baltimore

1991 Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia Pa.

Moorhead State College. Minn.

Art Institute Chicago,.

Ohio University. Athens. Ohio

University of Wisconsin. Milwaukee

Mt. Hood Community College, Portland, Oregon USA

2001 Rock Creek Community College, Portland, Oregon

Sylvania Community College, Portland, Oregon USA

Cascade Community College. Portland. Oregon USA

Racine, Wisconsin, Craft Museum

Province Town Gallery and Museum, Province Town

2005 Cape Cod, Mass. U.S.A.

Professional Experience:

1956 Motion Display Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1960 Product Design, Henry Wylie and Partners. Edinburgh Scotland

1964 Kilncroft Studios, self-established, Edinburgh

1968 Design Consultant to Charies Henshaw Foundry. Edinburgh

1975 Arts Council Awards Selection Committee

1979 Studio and kiln consultant, Scottish Development Agency

1979 Council. Scottish Society of Artists


1964 Copper and wood sculpture, Edinburgh

1966 Ceramic mural, East Kilbride Computer Centre

1969 Aluminium mural, restaurant, Edinburgh

1970 Aluminium war memorial mural, Inverness Post Office, Scotland

1972 Aluminium and ceramic sculpture, James Marshall Architects. Edinburgh

1973 Wrought iron and cast aluminium mural, pub, Edinburgh

1974 Public water fountain (bronze), Edinburgh

1978 Cast aluminium and ceramic font, Unitarian Church, Edinburgh

1980 Ceramic garden sculpture. Carnegie Park, Dunfermline. Scotland

1998 Pavillion Restaurant, Edinburgh

1998 De Mare Fish Restaurant, Edinburgh

1999 Heriot Watt Business School

2007 Pavillion Restaurant, Edinburgh


1963 lan Clarkson, Edinburgh

1963 Sacramento Museum, Craft Exhibition, Sacramento, California

1965 Milwaukee Craft Centre, Wisconsin, U.S.A

1965 57 Gallery, solo exhibition, Edinburgh

1967 Royal Scottish Academy, sculptural.

1967 Scottish Society of Artists

1968 57 Gallery, solo exhibition, Edinburgh

1968 Scottish Museum, craft exhibition

1970 Kieo Department Store. Japan

1972 Regent Road Art Centre, London.

1974 Scottish Craft Centre Festival Exhibition, solo, Edinburgh.

1975 Angus Ogilivy Gallery. Stirling, Scotland

1979 British Craft Centre, solo, London

1980 Scottish Craft Exhibition, Sheffield Museum, England

1983 British Craft Exhibition, Houston, Texas, U.S.A

1984 British Ceramics, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

1984 Fine Art and Craft Exhibition, Rufford art Centre, Nottingham, England

1984 Stoke-on-Trent City Museum. Stoke-on-Trent. England

1985 Scottish Development Agency Collection Exhibition, City Art Centre, Edin.

1987 Select Show of Scottish Ceramics, Perth, Australia

1988 Boundary Gallery. London

1989 Compass Gallery. Glasgow

1990 Usiskin Gallery, London

1991 Compass Gallery, Glasgow

1993 Glasgow City Arts Museum. Glasgow

1994 Booth House Gallery. Holmfirth, England

1995 Glasgow School of Art, solo exhibition. Glasgow

1996 Ayr Art Festival, Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

1997 Aberdeen Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Aberdeen

1998 Maclaurin Art Gallery, educational, Ayr

1998 Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery. Continental Shift

1998 North Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Scotland

1999 Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, solo exhibition, Scotland

1999 Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh mixed craft exhibition

2000 East Kilbride Art Centre, solo garden exhibition

2000 East Kilbride Art Centre, raku exhibition

2002 Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland

2004 Broadfield House Glass Museum, Kingswinford, UK

2006 Stenton Gallery, East Lothian Scotland.

2008 Glasgow Group, Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

2009 Pittiniweem Art Festival

2009 Peter Potter Gallery Festival Exhibition

2012 Aberdeen art gallery


1970 BBC Television, education film on ceramics (15 min)

1972 BBC Television, programme on own work and studio (30 min)

1975 Radio Forth, programme on the development of own work

1984 Video for T.V, Programme on Raku (own work). (12 min)

1985 Article of Craft Work Magazine

1997 Large Scale Ceramics by Jim Robison Pub. A and C Black, London

1998 Video for North Berwick Exhibition (Raku) 'The Clay Garden" 8 minutes

2004 Tim Andrew’s book on Raku Pub. A&C Black, London

2005 A Visual Language: elements of design, published by A&C Black, London


2005 Revised Second Edition Large Scale Ceramics A&C Black, London

2007 The Basics of Throwing, published by A&C Black, London 2008

2012 Second edition: A Visual Language


Purchase Award 

Sacramento Craft Museum

Copenhagen Craft Museum

Glasgow City Art Museum

National Museum of Scotland

Leeds City Museum

Huntley House Museum, Edinburgh

Paisley Museum, Scotland

Stoke-on-Trent City Museum

Jerusalem University Museum, Israel

Perth Craft Collection, Australia

Scottish Development Agency Craft Collection: Purchases 1980,84,85,89

Queen Mother's Collection

Victoria and Albert Museum Ceramic Collection, London

Dundee City Art Museum

Milngavie Art Centre, Glasgow

Aberdeen City Art Gallery

North Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

Milwaukee Art Institute U.S.A.

Baltimore Art Institute, U.S.A.

Ohio University, U.S.A.

Hood Community College, Portland .Oregon, USA

North Berwick Art Museum 1998, 2000

Heriot Watt University 2000, 2006