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Oral history interview with Joel Philip Myers, 2007 May 1

Interviewee:
Myers, Joel Philip, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Klein, Daniel, 1938-2009  Search this
Subject:
Blenko, William H.  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Huchthausen, David R. (David Richard)  Search this
Lewis, John  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Marquis, Richard  Search this
Ness, Bob  Search this
Popelka, John  Search this
Randall, Theodore  Search this
Smith, Paul J.  Search this
Vallien, Bertil  Search this
Alfred University  Search this
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Donald Deskey Associates  Search this
Mint Museum of Art  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
Toledo Art Museum  Search this
University of California, Berkeley  Search this
University of Illinois.  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Japan -- Description and Travel
Topic:
Craft Horizons  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching -- Philosophy  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13605
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)270854
AAA_collcode_myers07
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_270854
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Oral history interview with Joel Philip Myers

Topic:
Craft Horizons
Interviewee:
Myers, Joel Philip, 1934-  Search this
Interviewer:
Klein, Daniel, 1938-2009  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Alfred University -- Students  Search this
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Donald Deskey Associates  Search this
Mint Museum of Art  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Parsons School of Design -- Students  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.) -- Faculty  Search this
Toledo Art Museum  Search this
University of California, Berkeley -- Students  Search this
University of Illinois. -- Faculty  Search this
World Crafts Council  Search this
Blenko, William H., 1921-2016  Search this
Dreisbach, Fritz  Search this
Huchthausen, David R. (David Richard), 1951-  Search this
Lewis, John, 1942-  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Littleton, Harvey K.  Search this
Marquis, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Ness, Bob  Search this
Popelka, John  Search this
Randall, Theodore, 1914-1985  Search this
Smith, Paul J., 1931-  Search this
Vallien, Bertil, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (Sound recording: 6 sound files (4 hr., 15 min.), digital, wav)
63 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Japan -- Description and Travel
Date:
2007 May 1
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Joel Philip Myers conducted 2007 May 1, by Daniel Klein, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's home, in Marietta, Pennsylvania.
Myers speaks of his childhood in Patterson, New Jersey; making charcoal drawings as a child and taking private courses in oil painting; choosing to pursue a career in advertising design; attending Parsons School of Design in New York City; working as a package designer for Donald Deskey Associates; being influenced by Scandinavian design he saw in New York City to study abroad in Denmark; studying ceramic design at Kunsthaandvaerkerskolen in Copenhagen; meeting and marrying his wife, Birthe, while in Copenhagen; returning to the United States and going back to work for Donald Deskey; attending Alfred University and receiving his B.F.A. and M.F.A. in ceramics; accepting the position director of design for Blenko Glass Company in Milton, West Virginia with no previous experience in glass; teaching himself how to blow glass in the factory alongside the workers; the intense heat and extreme noise of a glass factory; learning of Harvey Littleton's glass workshop in 1962 in Toledo, Ohio, but being unable to attend; having limited exposure to the glass movement and developing his glass art without knowledge of the work of Littleton and his students; designing 50 to 60 different vases, bowls, decanters, and decorative objects a year from 1963 - 1970 at Blenko Glass Company; creating sculptural glass forms in his penetration pieces for his masters thesis; learning of what was happening in the studio glass world by attending the World Craft Council in 1964 in New York City; Paul Smith discovering his work and thereby gaining some publicity in Craft Horizons; being invited by Littleton to give a workshop at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968; the initial shock of seeing glass sculpture made with no real technique; his early attraction to cold-work in order to work intimately with the surface of the glass; acquisition of his work by the Toledo Art Museum and the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; establishing a glass program at Illinois University in Bloomington-Normal; his attempts to recruit international students; taking a semester sabbatical in Baden, Austria; being heavily influenced by the natural world; the series Garden, Perfume Bottle, Contiguous Fragment, Dr. Zharkov, The Dialogues, and others; teaching at Pilchuck School of Glass; studying the First World War and consequently creating Musée des Beaux Arts [1996]; travels to Japan; his teaching philosophies; the prevalence of independent glass studios in the world today; and plans for the future. Myers recalls Ted Randall, William H. Blenko, Sr., William H. Blenko, Jr., Marvin Lipofsky, Fritz Dreisbach, Richard Marquis, John Lewis, Bob Ness, Bertil Vallien, David Huchthausen, John Popelka, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Joel Philip Myers (1934- ) is a glass artist from Milton, West Virginia. Daniel Klein (1938- ) is an art consultant from London, England.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 15 min.
Provenance:
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.
Occupation:
Glass artists -- Pennsylvania  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching -- Philosophy  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.myers07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99b1c7b6b-664e-416c-909a-ec509a02efd8
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-myers07
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Design #374

Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 15.2 x 10.5 cm (6 in. x 4 1/8in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Vase
Object Name:
Vase
Manufactured in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1932–35
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq421fc14e1-a6ba-46b4-8f2c-162b7a172d50
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-1

Design # 18

Maker:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Blown glass
Dimensions:
H x Diam.: 3.2 x 21 cm ( 1 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Plate
Object Name:
Plate
Made in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1930s
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4d2331546-30d6-409a-9806-83ef087dd3f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-2

Design #R497

Designer:
Carl Ebert Erickson, Swedish, 1899 Reijmre, Sweden-1966 Ohio, active in the United States  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 25.4 x 15.9 cm (10 in. x 6 1.4 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Vase
Object Name:
Vase
Date:
ca. 1940
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-3
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq47c52f59e-6505-4290-b90d-3b4691d861a8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-3

Design #920

Designer:
Winslow Anderson, American, 1917–2007  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 43 x 12 cm (16 15/16 x 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Decanter and Stopper
Object Name:
Decanter and Stopper
Made in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1949
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-4-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq48428826b-05d8-4fb4-af45-c500e479e7bb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-4-a_b

Design # 566

Designer:
Betty Baugh, American, b. c. 1931  Search this
Design Director:
Wayne Husted, American, b. 1927  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H x W x D: 26 x 18.4 x 8.3 cm (10 1/4 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Decanter and stopper
Object Name:
Decanter and stopper
Manufactured in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-5-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4ea0153a9-3531-441a-a6c1-506b7225ad36
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-5-a_b

Design # 940

Designer:
Winslow Anderson, American, 1917–2007  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Handblown glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 5.3 × 22.1 cm (2 1/16 × 8 11/16 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Ash Tray
Object Name:
Ash Tray
Manufactured in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1949
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-6
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4ae3a3355-5e6a-4653-8535-22c1dce6002f
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-6
Online Media:

Design # 7220S

Designer:
John H. Nickerson, American, b. 1939  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 30.8 × 12.5 cm (12 1/8 × 4 15/16 in.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Vase
Object Name:
Vase
Manufactured in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1972
Credit Line:
Gift of Damon Crain
Accession Number:
2012-16-7
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4df66b014-b676-4ec7-bb2e-6526bd9f746a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2012-16-7
Online Media:

#5929S

Designer:
Wayne Husted, American, b. 1927  Search this
Manufacturer:
Blenko Glass Company, Milton, West Virginia, 1921 - 2012  Search this
Medium:
Blown glass
Dimensions:
H x diam.: 56.4 x 18.4 cm (21 1/2 x 7 1/4 iin.)
Type:
glasswares
Decorative Arts
Decanter and stopper
Object Name:
Decanter and stopper
Made in:
Milton, West Virginia, USA
Date:
1959
Credit Line:
Gift of William Agle
Accession Number:
2013-26-1-a,b
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection
Product Design and Decorative Arts Department
Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/kq4538a408d-2287-4372-9400-3de3f9392264
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:chndm_2013-26-1-a_b
Online Media:

Clippings

Collection Creator:
Reid, Robert Dennis, 1924-2000  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1963-1975, circa 1960s
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Robert Dennis Reid papers, 1961-1977. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Robert Dennis Reid papers
Robert Dennis Reid papers / Series 3: Printed Material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9aea43517-5361-4151-9396-9ea9910d83bc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-reidrobd-ref20
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Blenko glass, 1962-1971, catalogs : with price guide / preface by Leslie Pina

Author:
Piña, Leslie A. 1947-  Search this
Subject:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Physical description:
160 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
West Virginia
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Glassware--History  Search this
Glass, Colored  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627587

Blenko cool '50s & '60s glass / Leslie Piña ; photography by Leslie & Ramón Piña

Title:
Blenko cool '50s and '60s glass
Blenko cool 1950s & 1960s glass
Author:
Piña, Leslie A. 1947-  Search this
Piña, Ramón  Search this
Subject:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Physical description:
206, [2] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
West Virginia
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Glassware--History  Search this
Glass, Colored  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627588

Williamsburg Restoration glassware reproductions

Author:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Subject:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1950
1959
[195-?]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Drinking glasses  Search this
Vases  Search this
Candlesticks  Search this
Blenko Handcraft (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
051927
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681948

Blenko handcrafted glassware

Author:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Subject:
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Trade catalogs
Date:
1955
[1955]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Glass containers  Search this
Vases  Search this
Drinking glasses  Search this
Lamps  Search this
Blenko Handcraft (Brand name)  Search this
Call number:
051926
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681949

Blenko glass 1930-1953 / Eason Eige and Rick Wilson

Author:
Eige, Eason  Search this
Wilson, Rick  Search this
Blenko, Richard  Search this
Subject:
Blenko Glass Company History  Search this
Physical description:
iv, 144 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
West Virginia
Date:
1987
C1987
Topic:
Glassware--History  Search this
Glassware  Search this
Call number:
NK5205.B64 E34 1987
NK5205.B64E34 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_355065

Big color : mid-20th century architectural scale art glass / Damon Crain

Author:
Crain, Damon  Search this
Husted, Wayne 1927-  Search this
Culture Object (Firm)  Search this
Subject:
Husted, Wayne 1927-  Search this
Anderson, Winslow 1917-2007  Search this
Myers, Joel Philip 1934-  Search this
Nickerson, John  Search this
Blenko Glass Company  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 x 32 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2013
[2013]
20th century
Topic:
Glassware--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1050495

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