Cheryl Tall

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Cheryl Tall
Artist Cheryl Tall.jpg
Cheryl Tall in front of her works.
Born Cheryl Tall
Nationality American
Occupation Sculptor, artist
Style Figurative

Cheryl Tall (born in New Jersey in 1946) is an American visual artist whose work is primarily in the medium of sculpture and large wall installations in addition to, mixed-media, oil and acrylic painting. Tall is most notable for her intricate sculptures and her works have been in prominent and private collections all over the world. She has an MFA from the University of Miami[1] and her present art studio is in Leucadia, CA.[2]


Tall's primary medium is clay, coil built into large figurative sculptures and larger wall installations. Her work focuses on the relationships between people and their surroundings while her subject matters often include architectural and figurative elements.[3] Tall likes to use references from classical mythology to portray archetypal situations. Ripe goddess figures combined with tree forms and animal shapes, expressing her desire for the harmonious existence of human beings with each other and with nature. While many of these images are inspired by personal experiences, she feels that the viewer can find himself in them.[4]

Tall's work has been described as,"Togetherness and apartness. As an expression of duality, many of her works portray two or more figures in close proximity, sometimes with two heads that seem to come from the same body. She effects co-joining as a visual means to explore the tensions and strengths inherent in close relationships."[5]

Her work has been published in 20 books including; 500 Figures, 500 Animals,[6] 500 Dolls, 500 Dolls II, 500 Vases, Confrontational Ceramics, Winged Manor,[7] No More Starving Artists, Ceramics Today, American Art Collector, The ACGA Book, The Ceramic Design Book, Surface Design, Making Marks and Sole Purpose among others.

Tall has also been featured in magazines such as, Ceramic Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception,[8] Clay Times, Studio Potter, Pottery Making Illustrated, Sculptural Pursuit, and American Craft Magazine.

Her work can be seen in various museum collections both nationally and internationally and she has had exhibitions and residencies all over the world including, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Canada, the International Workshop of Ceramic Art, Tokoname, Japan; Greece, France, International Ceramic Studios, Kecskemét, Hungary;[9][10] Ganjin Celadon Festival, Gangjin, Korea;[11] Mexico, China, England, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME, and the United States.[12]


Tall's pieces tend to fuse storybook illustration with surrealism and medieval folk art. She deals with global issues by posing pop culture references against 12th century characters, portraying multiple figures in close proximity, while exploring the tensions and strengths inherent in today's society.

Influential artists for Tall include Robert Arneson, Shephard Fairey, Andy Goldsworthy, Viola Frey, Paul Klee, Giorgio de Chirico, Oskar Kokoschka and Giselbertus. She has also studied and been influenced by prominent clay artists such as Judy Moonelis, Christine Federighi, Paul Soldner, Patty Warishina, and Adrian Arleo.


Tall teaches two-day workshops at universities and museums all over the world. These workshops encompass her personal techniques in quick coil building and large scale sectional sculptures, glazing, and finishing.[13] They are intended for intermediate to advanced students but she also takes time out to teach private classes for students of all levels in sculpting, clay and paint from her studio in Leucadia, CA.[14]


Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ An interview with Sculptor Cheryl Tall, Critical Ceramics, April 2008, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  2. ^ An Interview With Sculptor Cheryl Tall, Critical Ceramics, April 2008, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  3. ^ ACGA Exhibiting Artist: Cheryl Tall, Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California, 2010, Retrieved Feb. 2014 Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Artists: Cheryl Tall,, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  5. ^ AMOCA Director Christy Johnson Describes Tall's Work, Critical Ceramics, April 2008, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  6. ^ 500 Animals In Clay, Suzanne J. E. Tourtillott, Cheryl Tall: Blind Choice, Pg. 190,Google Books, Retrieved March 2014
  7. ^ Winged Manor: Recent Paintings and Sculpture By Cheryl Tall, Sunbury Press Inc., Sep. 5, 2011, ISBN 1934597538, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  8. ^ Elizabeth Reichert, Cheryl Tall: Where Dreams Dwell,Ceramics Art and Perception, No. 57, 2004: 41–44, Retrieved Feb. 2014, ISSN 1035-1841
  9. ^ Cheryl Tall Residency at International Ceramics Studio, Hungary, Ceramics Today, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  10. ^ Arrested Motion featuring Artist Cheryl Tall,, July 2009, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  11. ^ The 2009 International Gangjin Celadon Exhibition,, Retrieved Feb. 2014 Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Obsidian Gallery: A quarter Century of Contemporary Art, Cheryl Tall Featured, Desert Leaf, Jan. 2011, Retrieved Feb. 2014 Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ A Ceramics Workshop With Cheryl Tall,, Jan. 2014, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  14. ^ Artist Builds Sculptures Unconventionally,, July 2006, Retrieved Mar. 2014
  15. ^ Cheryl Tall Works, Permanent Collection at The King-Size Ceramic Museum, Shanghai, China, Dec. 2011,, Retrieved February 2014
  16. ^ The Ceramic Research Center, ASU Art Museum, Retrieved Feb. 2014 Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ ACGA Member Awards and Recognition – National and International – 2009,, Retrieved February 2014 Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Burroughs-Chapin Museum of Art, Myrtle Beach Art Museum Collection, Retrieved Feb. 2014 Archived April 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Journey's: Cheryl Tall and David Rohn,, Sept. 1999, Retrieved Feb. 2014
  20. ^ The Gallery At Penn State College To Exhibit Works in Clay,, June 2009, Retrieved Feb. 2014

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