Val Cushing (1931-2013) is a pottery legend. Born in Rochester, New York Val received his bachelor and masters of fine arts degrees from the School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He joined the Alfred faculty in 1957 and retired in 1997. Val maintained a studio in Alfred Station and gave workshops and lectures throughout the world. Selected public collections of Val’s work are at the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Design Museum, NY; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Selected awards include individual NEA award, Fellow of the American Crafts Council, Fulbright Award, and Fellow of the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts.