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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania      Known for: folk art ceramic animal pottery

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
James Nyeste  first became interested in redware figural pottery after visiting the Henry  Ford Museum and seeing the John Bell lion figure.  In 1980, Nyeste was given some red clay by his friend  Lester Breininger and told to “ go make some clay animals”.

Nyeste’s early works were similar to the old antique figures; however,  many of his later pieces were of his own style and form. His glazes followed in  both the traditional Pennsylvania reds and orange and in the Shenandoah Valley yellow, brown and green colors. 

His clay animal figures have appeared in several magazines including: Americana, Colonial Homes, Mid Atlantic Monthly, Early American Life and Country Home.   Nyeste’s pottery  was also included in the  Johnson and Ketchum 1983 book;  American Folk Art of the Twentieth Century

James Nyeste was selected to participate in Absolut Vodka’s "Absolut Country",  an eight page advertisement in Country Home Magazine.  Nyeste was one of eight  folk artists Absolut commissioned to create works for the special multi-page advertisement with an Absolut theme. 

Nyeste’s pottery animals are included in several museum collections including Winterthur and in Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum where a Nyeste pottery frog is on display as part of the current (2011- 2012) permanent exhibit at the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

Submitted January 2012 by the artist.


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