His career has spanned over six decades. In 1959 he was the artist in residence at the Hans Sumpf Company in Madera, California. At the time, Sumpf was the largest producer of emulsified adobe brick. Bitters had been hired to create artisan objects for the company. He introduced a ceramic birdhouse, which became a huge seller. He added architectural murals, pots, tiles and enormous "thumb pot" planters to the line. Bitters left Sumpf in 1965, but the company continued to sell his designs till they closed in 2006.
In 1965 Bitters began giving private art classes in figure drawing and was a lecturer and workshop instructor. From 1965-1968 he was also a figure drawing instructor for Fresno State University and became a published author. In 1969 he was the design consultant for the City of Fresno Civic Center Mall, and in 1975 he was the designer or art and architecture for the Prather Shopping Center.
Bitters has had numerous exhibitions, and his installations can be seen in residences and businesses throughout North America. His work has been the subject of articles in many publications, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Arts & Architecture and The New York Times.
You can buy reissues of the terracotta birdhouses by Bitters at Modernica.
From stanbitters.com and modernica.com
|Large carved pot|
|Commercial installation - Duncan Ceramics|
|Fountains at Fulton Mall - Fresno, California|