The current issue (Winter 2006-07) of Modernism Magazine features a great piece about California artist, Stan Bitters. The article, written by James Elliot Bishop, gives a great history of Bitters, who is most known for his massive clay relief walls and abstract environmental sculptures.
Bitters studied in Southern California during the 50's, ultimately graduating from UCLA in 1959. Throughout the 60's and 70's, Bitters created numerous outdoor ceramic sculptures and murals for buildings, banks, and department stores all across the west, with many in California and Arizona. Bitters believed that "art and life ought to merge in everyday life." Today, there's a definite renewed interest in environmental ceramics and he continues to get commisions and works in his hometown of Fresno today. His work can be purchased locally in Palm Springs (Studio 111) and Los Angeles (ten10, silverlake 323.663-3603) (Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art). Modernism Magazine is available on newstands now.