Bob Chance is a potter and has been teaching in the Art Department at Furman University for 26 years. He has been making and exhibiting work for longer than he cares to admit and has had work in national and international exhibitions. These exhibits include 100 Years/100 Artists at the South Carolina State Museum, Rome Exhibit USA: Portrait of the South at Palazzo Venezia in Rome, Italy, and numerous solo exhibits.

He has traveled to Japan and China to look at pottery villages, pots and kilns and to meet potters there. Recently he spent a summer in Cortona, Italy teaching ceramics, examining Etruscan, Greek and Roman pots and making pottery with local clay, kilns and glazes.

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Visual Language II

Study of the elements and principles of three-dimensional design. Lectures and projects explore concepts for working in the three-dimensional format.



Study of drawing, including the elements of art and composition, with extensive exercises from direct observation, including one- and two-point perspective. A variety of drawing media are explored.


Ceramics I

Methods and processes of forming clay, with an emphasis on hand building and basic wheel work. Surface enrichment with be studied through utilization of various glazes and colorants.


Ceramics II

More ceramics study. Emphasis on wheel throwing. Vessel design, aesthetics, and function are stressed in constructing forms including in-depth exploration of surface treatment, glazing, decorating and firing.


Sculpture II

Continuation of sculpture sequence with emphasis on variety of sculptural processes, including modeling, carving and casting.


Ceramics & Sculpture III

Additional study of ceramics and sculpture. Advanced and complex problems in three-dimensional media including further development of methods and techniques used in developing a personal statement in student artwork.


Studio Seminar

The interpretation and criticism of contemporary art, with particular attention paid to the impact of social and political events on the visual arts. Students will identify a theme or idea within their media that will serve as the basis for the work presented in their senior exhibition.

  • 500 Pitchers, Lark Publications, 2006
  • Extruder Book, American Ceramic Society 2000 Clayart Magazine
  • Gerry Williams, "Potters of South Carolina", Studio Potter Magazine, Summer, 1995
  • Ceramics Monthly, March, 1986
  • Cortona; Palazzo Vignotti, the Bishop's Palace, Cortona, Italy, July, 2010
  • From the Artists Studio, Upstairs Art Space, Tryon NC –April 2005
  • See How We Are--An exhibition of prints by artists who work in other media. Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina, January 22, 2002. Prints by Bob Chance were produced in the studio/print shop of printmaker Phil Garrett in August, 2001
  • NCECA—National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina, March, 2001
  • 100 Years/100 Artists, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, South Carolina, October, 1999
  • Rome Exhibit USA: Portrait of the South, Invitational Exhibition, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy, September, 1984
  • Clay Matters, 1984, Juried Exhibition, Spirit Square Art Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1984
  • Spotlight 1984 - Southeast Crafts, Juried Exhibition, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, 1984
  • Ceramics: Southeast, Invitational Exhibition, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair, Clearwater, Florida, March, 1984
  • Teabowl, Juried Exhibition, Crafts Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri, January, 1984
  • Appalachian Crafts, Juried Exhibition, Appalachian Crafts Center, Smithville, Tennessee, Fall, 1979
M.F.A., Ceramics
Virginia Commonwealth University
B.A., Ceramics
University of Hawaii

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