Oral history interview with C. Carl Jennings, 1994 Dec. 20
Jennings, C. Carl (Cecil Carl), 1910-2003
Karlstrom, Paul J., 1941-
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Transcript: 42 p.
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassette tapes. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs.
An interview of C. Carl Jennings conducted 1994 Dec. 20, by Paul Karlstrom, for the Archives of American Art.
Jennings discusses growing up in the Midwest with his blacksmith father and grandfather; moving to California and discovering his artistic talent; working for John Foster on his Temple Emanuel Commission as a welder and on various projects for the Golden Gate Int'l Exhibition (1939); studying at the California College of Arts and Crafts with Jacques Schnier and Harry Dixon; his business, El Diablo's Forge, which produced fireplace equipment, gates and lighting fixtures; building his home in Sonoma; people who have influenced him, including Sam Maloof, Harry Dixon, Dirk van Erp, Frederic and Letitia Meyer, and others; the California Blacksmith Association and the ABANA (Artist Blacksmith Association of North America); art vs. craft; and friends and colleagues Albert Paley, Hoss Haley, and Tom Joyce.
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with C. Carl Jennings, 1994 Dec. 20. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
C. Carl Jennings (1912-2003) was a metalworker from Sonoma, Calif.
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001