Marked face of the Arneson firebrick

Brand Name: ARNESON

Company: Robert Arneson, Artist

Brickyard Location: Ceramics studio in the Temporary Building No. 9, University of California, Davis, California, 1962-1975. In 1975, Arneson opened a studio on First Street in Benicia.

Operating Years: 1962-1981

Years Brick Made: 1962-1981

Type: Pressed brick

Description: Artist's surname recessed in block letters inside a shallow rounded rectangular frog on the face.

Comments: Robert Arneson was an artist, not a brickmaker, who made bricks as an artform between 1962 and 1981. They are included here because they are real kiln-fired clay bricks that can be found and purchased. At least 14 bricks are known to exist and there may be more in unknown art or private collections. The bricks were made in different shapes and sizes, and some were stuck in other ceramic pieces that he created, like a brick sinking on a plate. He also made bricks stamped with other names such as WATER, WINE, MILK, and OIL. The brick shown is from a private collection at an undisclosed location.

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