The Nevica Project

Ted Saupe

Ted Saupe is a ceramic artist living in Athens Georgia. He is teaching art at the University of Georgia, where he has been since 1992. Prior to that, he taught at The University of Tennessee for ten years. Ted received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1972, under Viola Frey  and his MFA in 1979  from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied under Don Reitz and Bruce Breckenridge.

A pivotal point in his career occurred during the summer of 1990 when he worked as a consultant on a archaeological research project on the island of Crete in Greece. Since then almost all his work makes reference to a deep and rich narrative tradition found in Minoan pottery. Ted's work owes a debt to the history of ceramics from which he draws inspiration and tremendous insight. His work is in several public and private collections including the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, CA. He has received grants from the NEA and the South East Center for Contemporary Art. Ted is currently spending most of his studio time to making hand built porcelain cups (tea bowls) on which he treats the surface with autobiographical imagery drawn from life, music and poetry. They are a kind of 3 dimensional graffiti ... cave paintings drawn on the surface of the cave rather than the inside.