Not an easy topic, this. American artists? At first I was stimulus-bound, and thought only of artists who work in oils. Then I ventured beyond, and could hold my head up in the Ten on Tuesday 'verse.
1. Warren MacKenzie - he is 91 years old, and still producing studio pottery. His work is functional rather than dustable. I like that. His yunomis are little works of art. http://www.americanstudiopotters.com/
2. Nancee Meeker - She was an amazing artist. Approximately 10 years ago, she switched careers. Her works are exquisite, expensive, dustable. Handthrown, hand-etched, rustic fire: http://www.nancee-meeker.com/virtual_gallery_pix_two-even/1123-024_big_vg.html
3. Robert Douglas Hunter - A local artist who pioneered the realistic oil still-life. http://artodyssey1.blogspot.com/2010/07/robert-douglas-hunter-robert-douglas.html
4. David Lang - He is a local artist who goes between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional work: http://www.davidlangstudios.com/watercolors.htm
5. Lucienne Coifman - Fiber artist, specializing in rep weave: https://www.google.com/search?q=lucienne+coifman+images&espv=2&biw=1164&bih=641&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0CDgQ7AlqFQoTCMTk0pXw7MYCFYrSgAodkSUFgQ#imgrc=LAWCt_pS1amASM%3A Stunning stuff.
6. John Powell - prints, mostly, some oils. Many are far too busy, but some are exquisite: http://johnpowellfineart.com/dataviewer.asp?keyvalue=3561&subkeyvalue=305373&page=WorksZoom
7. Richard Milgrim - American born, Japanese trained, beautiful functional pieces: https://aneducatedpalate.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/tea-ceramics-exhibition-richard-milgrim/
8. Anita Thompson - She weaves in Massachusetts. Her work is always perfect, exquisite, harmonious. She always wins awards to the New England Weavers' Seminar in Northampton.
9. Mary Cassatt - How many female artists gained fame in the Impressionist era? Not many. http://www.marycassatt.org/
10. Becky Ashenden - Becky needs little introduction. What she produces at Vavstuga is high weaving art. Functional, aesthetic, superb color sense.
Three potters, three weavers, four painters/print makers.