Cleve’s Art Paintings & Pottery

Cleve opened a pottery studio in Staten Island in the Sixties, first the Potter’s Wheel and then Earthworks Studio, where he gave classes and collaborated with other artists in teaching various art techniques. He also worked as an adjunct professor of art at Baruch College and Staten Island College of the City University of New York. He built pottery kick wheels for the students, kilns to fire the pottery, and dug and mixed clay from Staten Island’s natural clay pits for the students and himself. Throughout the years, Cleve painted when the spirit moved him. He was inspired to imitate Mondrian paintings after several trips to the Netherlands visiting friends he met in Senegal.

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