Robin Ascher

About the Artist

            Robin Ascher grew up making art. At only seventeen, she went to Seto, Japan and was an apprentice to the potter Seisei Suzuki. Afterward, she studied Biology and Art at the University of California at Santa Cruz . On graduating, Robin moved to London where she studied sculpture with Malcolm Woodard and began designing textiles for the late Zika Ascher. 

             In the late 70s, Robin married Peter Ascher and the couple moved to New York, where they started their own textile firm, Ascher Studio. Robin’s textile designs for Ascher Studio have been used by many of the world’s most famous fashion designers from the United States and Europe. She has reflected, “What was exciting about fashion in the 80s and 90s was that it was very sculptural. Designers created three-dimensional shapes out of fabric, rather than just fitting the body as tightly as possible. I loved creating patterns and textures that would lend themselves to moving forms made of cloth.”

            While working in the fashion industry, Robin earned her MFA in Sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She studied under the late Calvin Albert, who was working in clay at the time. “Suddenly, my interests in pottery and sculpture came together into these very large abstract clay sculptures that challenged the inherent problem of gravity versus clay. I was so engaged-I went to Brooklyn every night after work to the sculpture studio. Calvin was adamant that I had to pursue Clay for the rest of my life, that designing was not enough; I had to commit myself to a life as an artist.”

            In 1995, Robin added teaching to her busy life as an artist and designer. She taught part-time at White Plains High School for 15 years. Her classes included Studio, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fabric and Fashion Design, Photography and Digital Art.  "I was the Renaissance teacher, I taught whatever class was needed, based on enrollment-it was fun and challenging and I loved sharing my love of Art with teenagers. Helping them get over their adolescent self-consciousness and just do it was the best part.  I also got back to Painting and Photography, neither of which I had done since grad school so teaching gave me a tremendous gift as well.” As a master teacher, Robin has mentored others, as well as supervising student teachers for Lehman College in NY. When all part-time teachers were cut in 2009, Robin continued to work with students as a substitute art teacher and through the community outreach program at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY where she was an artist member. Since the Summer of 2010, Robin has taught Ceramics and Art at Kingswood Camp for Boys in Piermont, New Hampshire.

In 2012, Robin and Peter Ascher moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where Robin set up a new pottery studio in her home.  She became an artist member of the Long River Gallery in Lyme, New Hampshire (now in White River Junction, Vermont). In 2015, Robin became a Juried Artist Member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.  Her pottery is now shown in the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen galleries in Hanover, Hookset, Littleton and Meredith, New Hampshire, as well as the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. She has been included in several juried shows and has a loyal following of collectors of her work.


EXHIBITIONS

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery, Hanover, NH
"Autumn Exhibition of New Work" group show of ceramics 2016

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair, Sunapee, NH
Summer 2016

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Gallery, Concord, NH
"Continuing the Tradition" group show of ceramics 2016

The Local Buzz, Bradford, VT

"Local Landscapes" solo show of oil paintings 2010

Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

Ceramics exhibited in annual group exhibitions, 2001-2011
Work featured in online gallery
Curated exhibition "Seto Pottery," 2003

Hudson River Potters, Westchester, NY
Ceramics exhibited twice yearly in group exhibitions and featured in online gallery, 2006-2011

Center for the Arts at Westchester Community College, White Plains, NY
Annual group shows 2001-2011
Solo show of oil paintings 2008, 2009


Ceramics featured in Lark Books "500 Animals in Clay," 2006

Ceramics and Paintings included in private collections throughout the US and UK


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair, Sunapee, NH
"Living with Craft" Juried Exhibit of Ceramics Summer 2017

The Piermont Library
"Oil Paintings" Featured Artist August 2017







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