Victor Spinski

By Maddie Duff

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Artist Statement (

"In the later 1970's, one of my collectors commissioned me to design a non-traditional tea set. Through my research on various teaposts forms, I discovered that my art shared a conceptual philosophy with the work of the Yixing artisans of eastern China.

The Yxing (pronounced yesshing) artists indulged in the use of improbable materials, such as tree trunks, disfigured branches, fruits and rocks, in designing their teapot forms. The execution of these forms was exquisite, both in design and craftsmanship.

While the Yixing artists inspire me, I do not recreate or copy their work. My aesthetic lies with industrial society's utilitarian materials. I replicate styrofoam, plastic, stone, glass, paper, cardboard, wood, and an assortment of metals. Where the Yixing artists seek tranquility, order, and peace in their forms, my work shows action, disorder, and a hurried appearance. Within this purposeful chaos, I strive to achieve unity and order."

Personal Life & Education

Victor Spinski was born on October 10, 1940 and died on January 21, 2013. He went to college at Kansas State Teachers College. He got a BSE in art and foreign languages in 1963. He got his MFA in ceramics with a minor in jewelry and photography from Indiana University in Bloomington. He was later a full time faculty member in the art department as the University of Delaware until he retired in 2006.


I like his work a lot because it's so realistic. Victor Spinski has experimented with so many different materials, forms, and techniques in his career. He has incorporated humor into all of his work. The elements he used were shape, color, texture, form, and space.