Robert Compton throwing demonstration, c. 1971


1972   University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont. B.A.
Worked under George Scatchard  & Hideo Okino


2014-Current, History Mugs, Bristol, Vermont.  

1990-Current  Robert Compton Pottery, Bristol, Vermont
Studio & Gallery
Wood Fired & Salt Glazed Stoneware, Raku, Pit Fired, and Gas Firing
Continued production of high fired Water Sculptures and Aquaspheres.

1993-2006 Summer Workshops
“Experiencing The Fire,” “Kiln Building,” “Thrown and Altered Forms,” & “Throwing Giant Pots”.

1977-1990  Robert Compton Ltd., pottery studio, Bristol, Vermont
Emphasis of clay work shifted from functional dinnerware to large scale water sculptures.  Forming techniques were expanded in 1984 to include slip casting, all work sold via wholesale to national and International shops and galleries.

1972-1976 Mad River Pottery, Moretown & Bristol, Vermont
One Man Pottery Studio
Established clay studio specializing in hand thrown functional stoneware.

Val's Green glazed Tula bowl.
Exhibitions 2002-2019

2019 "Homethrown," Art on Main, July & August 2019, Bristol, Vermont, six-person Invitational Exhibit.

2012 Robert Compton - 40 Year Retrospective Show, one-man show, October 1-31, Frog Hollow, Burlington, Vermont

2010 The Art School at Old Church, Demarest, NJ
36th Annual Pottery Show and Sale, December 3,4 & 5th.  Invitational Show.

2010 Art on Main, two-person show, Bristol, Vermont
“Emerging Textures,”
Invitational Exhibit

2010 Ceramystic, Mystic, Quebec, Canada 
“International Guest Artist,”
Invitational Exhibit

2010 Bennington Museum, Bennington Vermont 
“The State of Craft,”
Invitational Exhibit

2010 Art on Main, Bristol, Vermont
“Garden Inspired,”
Invitational Exhibit

2010  American Potters, Needham, Mass
“Mastering Raku,”
Invitational Exhibit

2008  UVM Living & Learning Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
“Collected Clay,”
Invitational Exhibit

2007  Shelburne Art Center, Vermont
“Raise a Cup for Art,”
Invitational Exhibit

2006  Living & Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont
“Fire Up,”
Invitational Exhibit  Contemporary Fine Ceramics

2006  Anna Scitzer Center of Fine Arts, PJC, Pensacola, Florida “Gulf  Coast Connections,” Invitational Traveling Exhibit

2005 Living & Learning Center Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
"Handed Down: A Tradition Sustained”

2005 Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, North Carolina
"The Wood Fired Pottery Show,” Invitational Exhibition

2005 Baltimore Clay Works, Baltimore, Maryland
"Endless Variables Shino Review 2005," Invitational Exhibit

2004  Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City, Tennessee
"Gas-Fired/Wood-fired, Kilns, Fire and Ceramic Expression," Invitational Exhibit

2004  Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
"Creations in Clay, Contemporary New England Ceramics,” Invitational Exhibit

2003 L&L Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
"Different Kilns, Different Pots,” One-Person Show

2003 Shelburne Gallery, Shelburne, Vermont
"The Cup Show,” Invitational Exhibit

2003 Canton Clay Works, Canton, Connecticut
"The Bountiful Fire,” Invitational Exhibit



Square Raku Bowl

Exhibitions 1976-2001

2002 Vermont Clay Studio. Waterbury, Vermont
"Two Approaches to Wood Firing,” Two Person Show

2001 Odyssey Gallery, Ashville, N.C.
"Hand Held Cup,” Juried Exhibition

2001 Frog Hollow Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
"In the Garden”,  Invitational Exhibition

2000  Johannesburg, South Africa
Altech Potters International Biennale, Juried Exhibition

2000  Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury, Vermont
Karen Karnes Invitational, Invitational Exhibition

2000 Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Juried Exhibition

1999 The Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Functional Ceramics 1999, Invitational Exhibition

1999 Vermont Clay Studio, Waterbury, Vermont
Karen Karnes Invitational – Invitational Exhibition

1998 Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, Connecticut
Salt Glazed Potters, Invitational Exhibition

1998 University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Ceramics USA 1998, Juried Exhibition

1997 Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, Vermont
Touched By Fire
, Invitational Exhibition.

1992 Vermont State Craft Center, Burlington, Vermont
The Art of Craft in Vermont
, Invitational Exhibition.

1992 T.W. Wood Art Gallery Montpelier, Vermont
In The Garden
, Invitational Exhibition.

1992 T.W. Wood Art Gallery Montpelier, Vermont
Larger Than Life
,      Invitational Exhibition.

1980 Kirkland Gallery, Millikin University Decatur, Illinois
Architectural Ceramics
, One man exhibition.

1980 Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, Vermont
Architectural Ceramics
, One man exhibition.

1980 Riverworks Gallery, Savannah, Georgia
Two Visions
, Two person exhibition.

1979 Guggenheim Estate, Long Island, New York
Designers Showcase
Invitational exhibition.

1979 Burlwood Gallery, Salado, Texas
Water Sculptures and Architectural Ceramics
, One man exhibition.

1976 The Silo Gallery New Milford, Connecticut
Water sculptures & Architectural Ceramics
, One man exhibition.

1976 Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
Four Artists
, Invitational exhibition.

10 ft. Cascade Fountain.

Commissions 1981-2000

2000 Doug Griswold & Lori Rowe, Burlington, Vermont
Custom Lavatory Basins

1995 Middlebury Congregational Church, Middlebury, Vermont
Wood Fired Alter Vases

1994 Second Congregational Church, Jeffersonville, Vermont
Baptismal Font

1993 McDermitt Architectural Services, Stowe, Vermont
Residential Lavatory and Tiles

1990 Boston Health and Swim Club Boston, Massachusetts
“Wall Spring Watersculpture Series II,” 16 ft. wide by 7 ft. high.

1989 Palm Garden, Windsor Place Hamilton, Bermuda
“Watersculpture Medley”

1988 The First Congregational Church, Burlington, Vermont
Pair of Alter Vases

1981 Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Parker, Odessa, Texas
“Waterfall”, 10 ft. high.

Professional Associations

1990-2007, Studio Potter Network, Goffstown, New Hampshire
Program director: International Potters Bed & Breakfast Program.

1993-94, Shelburne Craft School, Shelburne, Vermont
Board of Trustees

1993, Vermont Craft Council, Montpelier, Vermont
Board of Trustees

1978-1982, Vermont State Craft Center, Middlebury, Vermont
Board of Trustees

Video & Motion Picture features

2007, Media Production – Selected Artists Videos & DVD’s

1990, California Film Consortium for Soviet/American Understanding.
Documentary on small American Enterprises. In Russian with English subtitles.

1982, Paramount Pictures, Hollywood, California
“Creep Show” a parody film using Robert Compton's Aquasculpture as a featured visual element.

Juried Craft Shows 

1991, Vermont Hand Crafters, Burlington, Vermont

1972-1974, 1984-1986, 1988, Buyer’s Market of American Crafts, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

1987, Buyer’s Market of American Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts

1986-1987, Vermont State Craft Show, Killington, Vermont

1984-1985, American Craft Council, Springfield, Massachusetts

1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, American Craft Enterprises, Baltimore Winter Market, Baltimore, Maryland

1975-1979, 1982-1983, American Craft Council, Northeast Craft Fair, Rhinebeck, New York

1981-1982, American Craft Enterprises, Craft Fair at Dallas, Dallas, Texas

1982, American Craft Enterprises, The Fair at Newport, Newport, Rhode Island

1972, American Craft Council, Northeast Craft Fair, Bennington, Vermont

Permanent Collections

2007 American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA
Wood Fired & Salt Glazed Pilgrim Vessel

2006  Anna Scitzer Center of Fine Arts, PJC, Pensacola, Florida

1995-2010 John and Yasuko Dower, Boston Mass.
Wood Fired and Salt Glazed Vessels

2001 Ben Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

1998 University of North Texas -Ceramics USA- Denton, Texas
Altered Salt Glazed Vessel

1987 Library of University of Colorado, Denver,  Colorado

1986 T. W. Wood Art Gallery Montpelier, Vermont

1985 George Harrison, personal collection Maui, Hawaii
Hanging Stoneware Aquarium

1984 George Harrison, personal collection London, England
Stoneware Waterfall Fountain

1983 Baron von Hilton, personal collection Honolulu, Hawaii
Stoneware Standing Fountain

1980 Kirkland Gallery, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois
10′  Cascade Fountain