United States Artist Award – Tony Marsh

This award was generously supported by an Anonymous donor.


Tony Marsh is a ceramicist whose artistic pursuit has focused on the non-utilitarian ceramic vessel for the last 30 years. Marsh is equally devoted to being an artist as well as an educator. His work is in several private and permanent museum collections around the world, included among them are Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Oakland Museum of Art; Gardiner Museum of Art, Toronto; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Marsh is the son of Mary Burr, a former dancer for American Ballet Theater and a performer on Broadway, and Donald Marsh, a novelist and poet. He earned a BFA in Ceramic Art at California State University, Long Beach and an MFA at Alfred University in New York. In between, Marsh spent three years in Mashiko, Japan at the workshop of Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who was designated to be a “Living National Treasure.” For the last 25 years, Marsh has served as the Program Chair of the Ceramics Program at California State University, Long Beach.

Perforated Vessel with Attachments, earthenware and glaze, 12 x 20 inches, 2008


Perforated Totem Cluster, earthenware and glaze, 36 x 23 x 28 inches, 2007-2008


Photos courtesy of the artist.