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Sculptor Jerry Rothman's SMA Legacy

Gerry rothmanby Gregory Gunter

Long-time San Miguel de Allende resident Jerry Rothman hailed from Laguna Beach, where he was well known for the sculpture garden he created on the grounds of his Laguna Beach studio in the 1980s.  Although Jerry lived here eight years and was highly regarded  as a ceramic sculptor, Jerry was unable to work the last few years due to the effects of Lewy Body disease.

After working in Japan designing ceramics for export to the United States from 1958-60, Jerry returned to Los Angeles, completed his master’s degree at the Otis Art Institute in 1962, and proceeded to develop a series of large-scale figurative sculpture.

Jerry was head of the ceramics department at the University of Iowa before becoming head of the ceramics department at California State University, Fullerton in 1971, retiring in 1996. He is credited with inventing non-shrinking clay and developing new ways of fusing clay and metal in order to create large-scale sculptural forms.

From 2006-2011 Jerry built his final signature work, an arts complex consisting of a studio/home and a sculpture garden near San Miguel de Allende, adjacent to his Atotonilco estate near the grounds of Susan & Mayer’s Atotonilco Gallery.

The Jerry Rothman San Miguel de Allende Sculpture Park consists of an array of 15 sculptures installed on a two-acre site, which is anchored by a studio/living space designed and built by the artist.  Thanks for the legacy, Jerry–and our warmest thoughts to Kathleen.