Born: 1948, Chicago, Illinois. Studio: Helena, MT. Education: Notkin received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, and MFA from University of California, Davis in 1973. Art: Notkin is deeply influenced by the centuries-old tradition of Yixing pottery from which he has adopted the precise working methods and a penchant for trompe l'oeil; but uses his artwork as an extension of his conscience. For nearly twenty years he has used the teapot format to focus on military misadventures and questionable foreign policy around the world with particular focus on nuclear weaponry and energy. Awards: Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1979, 1981, 1988; Fellowship in Sculpture, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1990; The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1991; and others. Collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Shigaraki Museum of Ceramic Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum.