Ruth Laird

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Ruth  Laird Holy Family
Holy Family, c. 1960s
ceramic
14 x 6 x 6 in
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Ruth  Laird Beige Owl
Beige Owl, c. 1960s
ceramic
2 x 3 x 3 in
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Ruth  Laird Candle Sleeve
Candle Sleeve, c. 1960s
ceramic
8.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 in
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Ruth  Laird Candle Sleeve with Cutout Pattern
Candle Sleeve with Cutout Pattern, c. 1960s
ceramic
9 x 5 x 4 in
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Ruth  Laird Small Ceramic Planter
Cylindrical Planter, c.1960s
ceramic
5 x 4 x 4.5 in
$ 175
Ruth  Laird Cylindrical Vessel
Cylindrical Vessel, c. 1960s
ceramic
6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 in
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Ruth  Laird Dark Owl
Dark Owl, c. 1960s
ceramic
3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 in
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Ruth  Laird Large Vessel
Large Planter, c. 1960s
ceramic
9.5 x 7 x 5 in
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Ruth  Laird Llama vessel
Llama vessel, c. 1960s
ceramic
9 x 5 x 5 in
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Ruth  Laird Pitcher
Pitcher, c. 1960s
ceramic
6.5 x 4 x 4 in
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Ruth  Laird Small Bowl
Small Bowl, c. 1960s
ceramic
2 x 5 x 5 in
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Ruth  Laird Small Bowl with Lip
Small Bowl with Lip, c. 1960s
ceramic
2 x 3 x 3 in
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Ruth  Laird Vessel with Vertical Lines
Small Planter with Vertical Lines, c. 1960s
ceramic
6 x 5 x 5 in
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Ruth  Laird Small Vase
Small Vase, c. 1960s
ceramic
5 x 3 x 3 in
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Ruth  Laird vessel with lid
Vessel with lid, c. 1960s
5.5 x 3 x 2.5 in
$ 275
Ruth  Laird Ceramic vessel with attached base
Vessel with lip and attached base, c.1960s
5 x 4 in
$ 225

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Ruth  Laird

Ruth Laird

Ruth Laird Description

Ruth Laird (American, 1921-2007)

Emily "Ruth" Laird was born in Houston in 1921. She attended Houston Schools: Woodrow Wilson Elementary, Sidney Lanier Junior High School, and Lamar Senior High, graduating in 1940. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For several years, she taught Ceramics at the University of Houston, the University of St. Thomas, and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  Throughout her career, Laird exhibited in museums throughout the United States, including: Cranbrook Academy Art; Beaumont Art Museum; Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; among others.  Among numerous awards, Laird received a grant from the Texas Swedish Cultural Foundation in 1955, Honorable Mention in the 17thCeramic National, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and the Iroquois China Award, Syracuse Invitational International Exhibition, 1958.

Laird is best known for her minimalistic, surrealistic ceramics. These abstract and clean-lined ceramic sculptures contain personal symbolism related to her religious experiences practicing Catholicism. Some of her early works are inspired by forms found in nature, such as birds and onions. She bega creating pottery and ceramics professionally in the 1940s. From the late 1950s-1970s, these works were sold commercially through Handmakers, a shop featuring works by local Houston artists. Laird was an original member of this group, along with artists Stella Sullivan and Frank Dolejska.She was a member of the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Designer-Craftsmen. Throughout her career, Laird produced several large scale commissions, including: 1960, fountain, New Harmony, IN; 1962, baptismal font, St. Basil's Church, Angelton, TX; and 1962-73, several altar pieces, Chapel at Rice University, Houston, TX.

Today, Laird’s ceramics can be found in numerous private and museum permanent collections, including: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX;Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Contemporary Crafts Museum, New York, NY; Children's Museum, Detroit, MI; Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield, MI; among others. 

 

Biographical & Career Highlights 

1921          Born in Houston, TX 

1940          Graduated from Lamar High School, Houston, TX

1941-42     Attended the University of Texas, Austin, TX 

1953-55     Attended Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI

1955          Received a grant from the Texas Swedish Cultural Foundation

1955-58      Served as an art instructor at University of Houston, TX

1956-58      Served as an art instructor at St. Thomas University, Houston, TX

1958-68     Served as an art instructor and assistant dean at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2007           Died in Corpus Christi, TX

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1954Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield, MI

1957University of Houston, TX

1958 Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX

1960Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX

1970Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX 

Selected Group Exhibitions

195126th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1951Third Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1952Texas Fine Arts Association

195227th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1952 Fourth Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

195328th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1953Fifth Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

195429th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

195530th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1955 Seventh Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (catalog cover)

195531st Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1956 Exhibition with Hannah Stewart, Beaumont Art Museum, Beaumont, TX

195732ndAnnual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1957International Invitational Exhibition, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY (Purchase Award)

1957Ninth Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1958 Tenth Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1958 Seventeenth Ceramic National, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY (honorable mention)

195833rdAnnual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1958 Invitational International Exhibition, Syracuse Museum, Syracuse, NY (Iroquois China Award)

195934thAnnual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

196035th Annual Exhibition of Works byHouston Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1961Thirteenth Annual Texas Crafts Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1962Museum School Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

1962 Sixth Annual Texas Designer / Craftsman Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1962    Twenty-Second Ceramic National Exhibition: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics of the United States and Canada, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (honorable mention)

1963Craftsmen of the Central StatesExhibition, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY

1964The Crafts and Worship Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

1968 Southwest Craftsmen, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

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