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D.B.A. North River Pottery

107 Hall Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205-2506


Telephone: (718)636-8608    email: RAGNAE@aol.com

Born: April 16, 1942, Morristown, NJ USA




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Arizona State University Art Museum

Newark Museum NJ

Renwick Gallery,  Smithsonian Washington DC: “Craft Multiples”

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, ROC

Luther College, Iowa:  Ripples Collection, Marguerite Wildenhain and Her Students

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA



American Craft Museum:  “The Tea Party”  “Banquet”

Atlantic Gallery: Solo Shows, Group Shows: Traffic, Trash, Water, Eat/Art

Channel 13 Collections

Cooper Hewitt Museum:  Tea Show

Delaware Art Museum

Guggenheim Museum:  Works & Process: EarthSound Performance

Instituto de Allende: Maestro Show

NABISCO Brands Collection

Newark Museum:  Great Pots:  Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts: EarthSound Instruments Exhibition

                     Numerous Private Collections                   


 America House  NY/NJ, Atlantic Gallery NYC,  Craftsman’s Gallery  Scarsdale, NY,   Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts MI;  Departure Gallery  NYC,  Elements Greenwich,  CT,  Elaine Potter Gallery  SF,  CA,  Franz Bader Gallery Washington   DC,  Ten Arrow Gallery  Cambridge,   MA,  The Clay Pot  Brooklyn NY,  Wallengren USA  NYC,  Wheeler-Seidel  NYC 


      Participation in many annual craft fairsincluding ACC, WBAI, Lincoln Center ACAC

 Books including work:  American Crafts: A Source Book for the Home, Pearson; Claywork: Form & Idea in Ceramic Design, Nigrosh; Decorative Arts & Modern Interiors, London;  From Mud to Music, Hall;  Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus Dean & Geraldine Schwarz;  Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy The Newark Museum;  The Vase and Beyond, Daniels and Lynn

Teaching:  NYC 92nd St. Y, Banff, San Miguel de Allende, The Clearview School

EarthSound:   A System of 85  ceramic Instruments created with composer Tan Dun 

with a grant from the Guggenheim  “Arts and Process”

Musical Teapotcommissioned by Pianist Margaret Leng Tan

Ancient” Teabowls:  Project for Eido Roshi, Zen Studies Society of NY

Water Sculpture”  Commissioned by Private Client

Low Relief Mural” Commissioned by Private Client



­The Putney School, Stanford University (AB History),

U. of Santa Clara (CA Secondary Teaching Credential)

Pond Farm Pottery with Marguerite Wildenhain



Atlantic Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

By Appointment


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ACC RHINEBECK:   ‘73, ‘75 through ‘78


ACAC LINCOLN CENTER:   ‘77 through ‘87, ‘89 through ‘02

AMERICAN CRAFT MUSEUM:  ‘91, ‘93 “The Tea Party”  ‘95  “Banquet”

ARTRIDER: ’00, 01,02, 03

ATLANTIC GALLERY: Soho, NYC:  Annual Group Shows 1996-2012

            Solo shows:  ’96-’12;  2008: “40th Year, Looking Ahead” ; 2010: Stoneware Sculpture- Plant and Space Forms; 2012 Green Men and  Botanicals +

BENCHMARK GALLERY:  Washington DC: ‘83, ‘84  (rep. till gallery closed)Table Art Invitational; ‘84: Three Potters: Naess, George Peterson III, and Malcolm Wright

THE BERKSHIRE CRAFT FAIR: ‘76, ‘95, ’96, 97, 98(Special Recognition Citation ‘95)

BROOKLYN MUSEUM: ‘79, ‘81 Clinton Hill Arts (group show: Pratt Inst. and Clinton Hill Society

CHANNEL 13 COLLECTION:  NYC:  ‘79, ‘80, ‘81, ‘82, ‘83, ‘84

THE CLAY POT:  Brooklyn ‘78-’90;  ‘80 Collector’s Invitational, ‘81 Solo Show; ‘88 Teapots

CRAFTS IN SOHO: ’95, ’96, ’97, 98  NYC

CRAFTSMAN’S GALLERY: Scarsdale NY: ‘77-’95; (rep. till gallery closed)Special Shows: Art Deco Influence, Southwest Influence;  ‘87-’94: Celebration, Bride & Groom Col.

CRAFTS ON STAGE: State University of NY at  Purchase, NY: ‘93, ‘94, ‘95

CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP: New Haven CT: Celebration of Am. Crafts:  ‘83, ‘90-’95, ’97,’98

                        Featured Artist April/May ‘98

DESIGNER CRAFTS: NYC: Fifth Ave Shows ‘92- ‘96, Lex.Ave. Shows ‘96-’00, Puck Bldg. ’97,’98

DEPARTURE GALLERY LTD.: NYC:  ‘83 through ‘90 (rep. till gallery closed) “85  Three Potters: 

                           Rob Barnard, Carolyn Chester & Naess”;    ‘86  Patrick Minervini & Naess

FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS IN SOHO: ’94, ‘95, ’96,’97

FRANZ BADER GALLERY: Washington D.C.: (rep. till gallery closed)

                        ‘87  Ragnar Naess:  Ceramic Sculpture and Functional Objects: Solo Show

                        ‘88  Ceramic Sculpture and Functional Objects:  Ragnar Naess and Otto Natzler

FULL CIRCLE: Alexandria VA:  ‘74-’84; Solo Show ‘77

GREEN MEADOW POTTERY SHOW: Waldorf School, Spring Valley NY:  ‘90, ‘91, ‘92, ‘93, ‘95


HENRI BENDELS: NYC: ‘81-’84 Dinnerware shown and sold by Frank MacIntosh

MEMORIAL GALLERY:  U. of Rochester, NY:  Group Shows:

79 Teapot Show;  ‘80 Kitchenware Show;  ‘82 Container Show

MILLBROOK CRAFT FAIR:  Millbrook, NY:  ‘88, ‘89, ‘91, ‘92

MORRISTOWN CRAFT SHOW: Morristown NJ:  ‘83, ‘84, ‘95

MUSEUMS AT STONYBROOK:  Stonybrook NY: Holiday Festival  ’95-’00.

NORTH RIVER POTTERY:  Annual  December Studio Open House 1978 through 2000.

ELAINE POTTER GALLERY:  San Francisco CA:  (group shows)  ‘84, “Contemporary American      

                         Heritage” ;  ‘85 “Practically Art”;  ‘86  “East/West”

ROCHESTER FOLK ART GUILD:  Middlesex NY: Guest Artist: ‘91, ‘93; Summer Show ‘95

SONYA 199-2009  Annual Brooklyn artists South of the Navy Yard Open Studios

SURROUNDINGS GALLERY: Soho NYC: (rep. till gallery closed)  Solo Shows ‘81, ‘82

TEN ARROW GALLERY:  Cambridge, MA:  (rep. ‘72-’84)   ‘79: Group Show: Bringle, Glick, Lind,  Weissman & Naess;  ‘80: Collectibles: Glass, Metal and Ceramics

YAMATO HOUSE: Lenox, MA: ‘73-’83(rep. till gallery closed) Solo Shows: ‘80,‘ 81,‘ 82

WALLENGREN USA: NYC:  Solo Show ‘88.  (rep. till gallery closed)

WBAI HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR:  NYC:  ‘77, ‘79 through ‘87, ‘89 through ‘93;SPRING FAIR ‘85,’86

WHEELER SEIDEL GALLERY: NYC: ‘90 Inaugural Show: Joy Brown, Alfred Green, Naess;

ZEN ART SALE:  Zen Studies Society, NYC:  ‘78 through ‘87 (Show Director and Participant)

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1976     Renwick Gallery: Crafts Multiples, Washington DC

1977     Ellie Conason:  White Plains NY:  24th Annual Handcrafts Exhibition

1978     Delaware Art Museum:  22nd Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

            Brockton Art Center: MA (Group Show): Form follows Function

1980     Horizon Gallery:  Mill Valley CA:  2nd Annual National Teapot Show

            Scalamandre Silk Co:  Used Naess work in showroom window display

1981     Following Sea Gallery:  Honolulu, Hawaii:  New York Inspiration: Tabletop

            Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts: Teapot Show

1983     America House: Tenafly, NJ:  10th Anniversary Retrospective

            Quail Hollow Show:  Ulster County  NY

            Craft Alliance: St. Louis MO:  Functional Mixed Media Show

1984     Cooper Hewitt Museum:  (Smithsonian) NYC:  Tea Show

            General Foods Collection:  Rye NY:  The Extension of the Hand

            Hudson River Museum Giftshop:  Yonkers NY:   Naess featured Autumn

1985     Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan, R.O.C.: 1985 International Ceramics Exhibition

                        (pieces remain in permanent collection)

            Nabisco Brands, USA: Montclair Junior League (Group Show Art ‘85

1986     Springfield Art Assoc. : IL: (Group show)  “A Valentine in Clay”

1987     Springfield Art Assoc.:  IL:  (Group Shows:  “Teapots”    “Tree Ornaments”

            Home Cooking:  South Street Seaport, NYC:  (Solo Show)  Sculptural Work

            The Clayhouse: Santa Monica, CA:  (Group Show):  “A Spot O’ Tea”

            Lee Sclar Gallery:  Morristown NJ;  (Group Show):  Coffeepot & Teapot Show

            America House: Tenafly NJ:  (Group Show): Collector’s Christmas

1988-1989  Sabbatical Year

            The Ferrin Gallery: Northampton, MA:  “ A Tea Party”

            The Clay Pot:  Brooklyn, NY:  Teapot Show

            The Hudson River Museum: Yonkers, NY:  Holiday Show

            “Nine Songs:” Contemporary Opera composed by Chinese composer Tan Dun and  produced at Pace University Schhimmel Center for the Arts in NYC: Naess developed and created bells, gongs and resonating jars in a collaboration with the composer.1989-1990: Continued Collaboration with Tan Dun: Further development of  EarthSounds ceramic instruments, a system of ceramic instruments including wind, string and percussion commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum, NYC, for their  Works and         Process Series.   EarthSounds inaugural performance  in composition called Soundshape for Ceramics, Voice and Instruments: 1/21&1/22/90  The Guggenheim.  Travels to Europe and Asia followed.

1990     Show of Hands Gallery: NYC: “Asian Influences”

            Newark Museum: Newark, NJ:  Acquisition of Ball Teapot and Teawarmer for permanent  Contemporary Ceramics Collection

1991     EarthSounds: Performances at Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, at Aldeburgh in England, in Hong Kong and at LaMaMa in New York City. 

            American Craft Museum: NYC“Tea Party”  Benefit show and Sale for the Museum

1993     Perimeter Gallery Chicago IL:  Group Show

            Studio Gallery 843 Inc. : East New York,  NY:  The Art of Ceramics ‘93

1994     EarthSounds Performance in Berkeley CA.

            Prailsville Mill: Stockton NJ:  Design ‘94

            Craft Alliance of St. Louis: MO:  National Teapot Invitational

1995     Instituto de Allende: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico:  Maestro Show

            The Clay Studio: Philadelphia PA:  Exhibition The Sound of Clay

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1996     New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:  Lincoln Center, NYC:  Exhibition   January 17th to May 5th 1996:  Metal Earth Wood Styrofoam = Music:  Tan Dun & Ragnar   Naess with Skip La Plante, Raphael Mostel and Harry Partch.

Garth Clark Gallery: NYC:1996 “NIGHT OF ONE HUNDRED AND ONE CUPS” Benefit

Benny Smith Gallery;   Brooklyn Artisans;   Fine Arts in Soho.

1997     Spoletto Festival  and other locations: Ongoing Performance of Alvin Lucier’s music    

             on ‘Musical teapot’ created by Naess in collaboration with Pianist Margaret Leng Tan.

            Putney School Art Gallery: From the Earth,  contemporary clay work by nine artists

            Crafts at the Cathedral  - St. John the Divine  11/97 

            Pelham Art Center: Festival of Crafts 11/-12/97

1998     From the Earth: 9 Ceramic Artists.  Exhibition at the Putney School,  VT

1999- 2011       SONYA – Annual Brooklyn artists South of the Navy Yard Open Studios

1999     Judaica Festival, Town and Village Synagogue, NYC

2002     “Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and Her Pond Farm Students” – Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, CA State U. at San Bernardino,  Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University,  and at Alfred University

2003     Polonaise Art Gallery, Woodstock VT: Sculpture

2004    Stanford University Alumni Art Show, Stanford California

2007    Students of MW, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, California

2010    Collectors’ Show at Howard Community College, Columbia, MD


The Putney School ‘57-’60

Stanford University  ‘60-’66  AB History ‘64; premed Core Curriculum in Science ‘65-’66

Columbia University,  U of Calif. Berkeley, San Francisco State College: Summer Courses in   History and Calculus

University of Santa Clara: ’66-67 CA State Secondary Teaching Credential: History & Chemistry

Pond Farm Pottery Summer Sessions withMarguerite Wildenhain: 1967, 1970, 1972


Banff School of Fine Arts: Banff, Alberta, Canada:  ‘87 Guest Lecturer

Columbia University Ceramics Dept:   Teapot Workshop ’94; Creativity Workshop ‘97

Craft Student’s League: 53rd St. “Y” NYC: ‘82, ‘83 Evening Classes Wheel Technique;

            ‘93 Teapot Workshop

Instituto de Allende: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico:  Ceramics Instructor, Winter ‘95

Nantucket Island School of Art and Design:  Nantucket MA:  Creativity Workshop ‘93

92nd St. Y: NYC: “Wheel & Handbuilding: A Personal Vision with Ragnar Naess” (staff)‘93-’02

The Potter’s Wheel:  Queens NY:  Teapot Workshop ’94;Creativity Workshop ’98

Rochester Folk Art Guild: Rochester NY:  Summer Workshops:  ‘91: “Listening to the Clay”

            ‘93: “Renewal:  Rhythm, Repetition and Creativity in Functional Ceramics

Clearview School, Scarborough NY (program for severely disturbed youngsters K-12) ‘ 07-‘10

Throwing Clinics, Slide Shows, Teapot Workshops and Craft Photography Workshops at North    River Pottery studio and other locations for regional potters’ associations and      cooperatives: LI Craft Guild, Hudson River Potters, Brooklyn Potters, Potter’s Wheel


The Best of Pottery 1996, Quarry Books, Rockport  Publishers, Inc. , p.114, & 1998 edition

Claywork: Form & Idea in Ceramic Design: 1986(2nd Ed.) Leon I. Nigrosh, Davis Publications Inc., pp. 96-97

The Crafts Report: vol 14 #146, May 1988: P.17:Potter Takes Year’s Sabbatical

Re: EarthSounds System:  Assorted Articles (partial list)

            American Craft: 6/7’90:  People and Places      

            Berkeley Rep Newsletter: Berkeley CA 4/94:  “Theater Ritual is Music to Our Ears”



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                                                              Re: EarthSounds System, Continued:

            Chime Newsletter: #2, Autumn 1990: Mainland China’s New Music ( l ) “Out of the Desert  

            Experimental Musical Instruments: Nicacio CA Vol 7 #2, 1991:  “Ceramic Instruments from EarthSounds”

            Futurific: Cover Story vol 16 #1, January 1992

            Instrumentenbau:  12/92 Frankfurt, Germany: Ton Instrumente:  EarthSounds - Auf der Such nach dem Klang der Erde

     New York Times:  Articles:  Sunday 1/28/90: “Designing Instruments And the Sounds Therein” ;  Review / Music: 12/2/91: “ An Eastern Sonic Ritual In an Imaginary Religion”

            Putney Post:  Alumni Magazine, Putney School VT Fall 1990; “Ceramics That Sing”

            San Francisco Chronicle: SF, CA 3/5/94;  “Tan Dun Creates Haunting, Playful World of Sound”

            The Independent: Edinburgh Scotland 8/23/91: “Elemental inspiration”

            The Scotsman: Edinburgh Scotland 8/26/91:  “Silent premiere”

            From Mud to Music, BarryHall  2006  (Pub. By The American Ceramic Society)

The Scotsman: Edinburgh Scotland 8/26/91:  “Silent premiere”

The Hill:  Clinton Hill, Brooklyn Newsletter: 2nd Anniversary Holiday Issue,

                        1985-1986:” Created on the Hill: Ragnar Naess’ Pottery”

                        2008  Hill Artists

Parabola: Vol 5 #2, book reviews by Naessnof Frederick Frank “The Awakened Eye”  and  Carla Needleman: “The Work of Craft”

 From Mud to Music, Barry Hall

Marguerite Wildenhain and the BauhausDean & Geraldine Schwarz



American Craft: “Exhibitions” June/July’ 79: Ten Arrow  “Gallery” April/May ‘89: Hudson River  Museum;   People and Places June/July’ 90:  EarthSounds; “Gallery” April-May 1996  NY Public Library for the Performing Arts

Craft Horizons 8/75,  Harper’s Weekly 9/15/75, House Beautiful 10/75,  National Craftsman 8/76:  the Craft Multiples Exhibit (Smithsonian)

CUE: 7/6/79 Lincoln Center Show

Craft International: 4/83 “Art Deco Echoes” Craftsman’s Gallery

Daily News: NY, 5/8/79; Residential Interiors: (7-8/79); Decorating :(Fall ‘79) Design Technics Collection of Tableware: “Art for dining” NYC

The Detroit News: 4/7/81  Detroit Gallery “for Tea” show

Greenwich Times (CT) 5/6/85: The Elements show “Art for Eating”

Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function  to Fantasy (2003) The Newark Museum

New York Magazine: 5/4/86 WBAI Craftsfair

The New Yorker Magazine: 11/23/87 p.113, “On and Off the Avenue”

New York Times: Sunday 11/27/83 CT Ed.: Creative Arts Workshop Show

               NYT 12/6/81, Celebration Show, Craftsman’s Gallery Scarsdale

              NYT 12/10/82: Weekender Guide for Friday  “New 15th Century Teabowls” :(article without attribution to Naess)  special project done for Eido Roshi of Zen Studies Society of NY making Teabowls incorporating ancient shards of roof tiles and pottery from the Rinzai Temple in China  into new teabowls.

               NYT  10/2/83, NJ Ed: Morristown Show

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The Washingtonian; 9/76, Washington Baltimore Forecast; 12/77, The Washington Post  Magazine: 12/4/77 -- Full Circle Shows

American Crafts: A Source Book for the Home  9/83: by Katherine Pearson, Pub. by Stewart,    Tabori and Chang

The Buyers Book of American Crafts: Pub. American Craft Enterprises ‘79.’80, ‘81, ‘82, ‘83, ‘84

Decorative Arts & Modern Interiors: Studio Vista Publications, London England 1977

House & Garden: 9/83: Review of above citation; Naess’s work used to illustrate review.

New Art Examiner: 3/86  New York Artist Listing

The New York Art Review: 1988 Les Kranz, Pub., American References Inc.  pp. 902, 929, 945



Food & Wine: November ‘91  pp. 103, 107

The Pleasures of Cooking: Vol.5 #6,May/June 83, a Cuisinart Publication pp.42-43.  Dinnerware shown by Frank MacIntosh at Henri Bendels of NY

Time Life Books,  Fresh Ways with Beef and Lamb: 1987 p.74 Dinnerware shown.



Brooklyn Potters’ Group:  co-founder;  Secretary from 1988-1993, treasurer 93- present

Circle of Influence Breakfast exhibition, Brooklyn: ‘95-‘97

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator - Brooklyn:  Benefiting CHIPS; yer-round display of bowls at Cucina Restaurant and later at Ozzie's Tea and Coffee in Park Slope;  w/ Bklyn Potters Colleagues - ’96 -2011  (Reported in various media, partic: article incl. Color illus: American Artist,July 1996,p.60


           WBAI Crafts Fair NYC;  Lincoln Center Craft Fair, ACAC: NYC; New Rochelle 78th

           Annual Open Juried Exhibition;  Crafts on Stage:  SUNY Purchase, juror and    consultant;  Rockaway Music and Art Council: 12th Annual Festival Brooklyn NY

            Snug Harbor Crafts Fair Staten Island NY. The Berkshire Crafts Fair 1998

Memberships:  Brooklyn Potters Group, Long Island Craft Guild, NH Potters Guild, American Craft Museum, Cooper Hewett Museum;

Nantucket Island School of Art and Design: winter resident artist ‘94

Zen Art Sale: Zen Studies Society, NYC: 1978-1987: Director and Exhibitor (originator)

Remember! Commissions and special projects are welcome!