Boehm’s impact on the tradition of American porcelain art is undisputable. Prior to Boehm, no American artist had made hard-paste porcelain sculpture that successfully compared with the fine centuries-old production of Europe and Asia
Born in Maryland in 1913, Boehm apprenticed with various porcelain manufacturers before establishing his studio in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1950. The following year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ordered two statues for its collection.
Although his choice of subjects ranged widely, his passion was birds and other wildlife. To capture the life-like qualities of his subjects, Boehm studied and photographed them in the wild and raised birds near his studio. Archival footage of the films taken by Boehm of birds in flight is on display at the Museum of American Porcelain Art.
Boehm also took extensive notes on animal’s anatomy or other features that would influence his art. The Museum of American Porcelain Art owns these records. Some are on display and all are available to scholars.
A special section of the museum will display the molds that Boehm used to create his pieces and explain how the creation of a piece, especially the more intricate ones, required dozens of individual molds.
Boehm porcelain is displayed around the world. The following is a small section of those places:
The Museum of American Porcelain Art will open to the general public in 2017. In advance of its grand opening, we are offering private tours and preview presentations for anyone interested in learning about and wishing to support our mission. Please contact us for more information.