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Oral history interview with William Morris

Interviewee:
Morris, William, 1957-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
California State University, Chico -- Students  Search this
Central Washington University -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.)  Search this
San Carlos Borromeo Basilica (Carmel, Calif.)  Search this
Benaroya, Jack, 1921-2012  Search this
Benaroya, Rebecca  Search this
Campbell, Joseph, 1904-1987  Search this
Carpenter, James, 1949-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Demarco, Ricky  Search this
Graves, Nancy Stevenson, 1940-1995  Search this
Hauberg, John H. (John Henry), 1916-  Search this
Hydman-Vallien, Ulrica, 1938-2018  Search this
Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961  Search this
Karan, Donna, 1948-  Search this
Kirkpatrick, Joey  Search this
Libenský, Stanislav, 1921-2002  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Lipski, Donald, 1947-  Search this
Mace, Flora, 1949-  Search this
Marioni, Dante, 1964-  Search this
Moore, Benjamin P.  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis, 1938-2011  Search this
Pfaff, Judy, 1946-  Search this
Saxe, Dorothy  Search this
Saxe, George  Search this
Scanga, Italo, 1932-2001  Search this
Seguso, Livio, 1930-  Search this
Signoretto, Pino, 1944-  Search this
Smith, Kiki, 1954-  Search this
Stroemple, George R.  Search this
Tagliapietra, Lino  Search this
Vallien, Bertil, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording: 7 wav files (5 hr., 5min.), digital)
105 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
British Isles -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 July 13-14
Scope and Contents:
An interview of William Morris conducted 2009 July 13-14, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Morris' home, in Stanwood, Washington.
William Morris speaks of his decision to stop working in glass in 2005; his deep connection to the natural world; working now with stone; the longstanding theme of man and nature in his work; his influence on the studio glass movement; use of installations; relationship to the greater art world; Cache [1993]; the importance of working in a team, particularly with Jon Ormbrek; studio practice and philosophy of working in the studio; series Man Adorned and first use of the human form; how his work evolves artistically; the influence of his travels on his work and his particular affinity for Mesoamerican culture; the process of choosing his subjects; growing up in Carmel, California, and frequenting the museum at the Carmel Mission Basilica; his early fascination with Native American artifacts and history in the museum; childhood spent hiking in the hills around Carmel and youth spent camping and rock-climbing; art instruction during childhood; ceramics work in high school; introduction to ideas of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell by his high school teacher, Lloyd Baskerville; undergraduate work at California State University, Chico, working with Vernon Patrick; first experience with glass in high school, through the Fort Ord military base crafts department; brief studies at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington; arriving at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington, in 1977 as a shop assistant/maintenance person; his first encounter with Dale Chihuly; 10 years as Chihuly's main assistant and de facto apprenticeship; his greater overall technical education at Pilchuck; the development of his own team as he continued to work with Chihuly; working with Chihuly and Italo Scanga; the synergy of working in a group and artistic cross-pollination at Pilchuck; the influence and mentorship of Judy Pfaff; working with Italian glass masters at Pilchuck; the influence of Pino Signoretto; his trip with Chihuly to the British Isles, which inspired his series Stone Vessels and series Standing Stones in the mid-1980s; his practice of working in series; series Petroglyph Vessels, and the beginning of narrative in his work; the importance of naiveté, experimentation, and a "confidence in innocence"; series Artifacts; the influence of Donald Lipski on Morris' installations; series Burial Urns and series Burial Rafts; series Canopic Jars; commissions for George Stroemple; the genesis of the series Rhyton; the transcendental/mythic qualities in his work; series Crow and Raven; more discussion of series Man Adorned; series Rattles; collaboration with fashion designer Donna Karan; the importance of glass as a material, and the importance of "play"; the value of an apprentice-type program; his work in bronze and with Nancy Graves; series Cinerary Urns and coming to terms with the deaths of close friends; series Mazorca; series Idolo and Idolito; series Native Species (2006); series Fish Traps; more discussion of his decision to leave glassworking; documentary film Creative Nature, 2008; "Myth, Object, and the Animal" exhibition; the adventurous spirit of the American studio glass movement, particularly in the early years; his preference for short workshops rather than longer teaching sessions; the aesthetic continuity of his work throughout his career; his appreciation of the community of collectors of glass art. He also recalls Ken Wiese, Robert and Terrie Kvenild, Bertil and Ulrica Vallien, Gary Galbraith, Stan Price, Dennis Oppenheim, Kiki Smith, Dante Marioni, Livio Seguso, Marvin Lipofsky, Benjamin Moore, Jamie Carpenter, Checco Ongaro, Lino Tagliapietra, Ricky DeMarco, Flora Mace, Joey Kirkpatrick, Trumaine Mason, Karen Willenbrink, Ross Richmond, Randy Walker, John Hauberg, Stanislav Libenský, Graham Graham, Charlie Cowles, George and Dorothy Saxe, and Jack and Rebecca Benaroya.
Biographical / Historical:
William Morris (1957- ) is a glass artist in Stanwood, Washington.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 5 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.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Glass artists -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- Washington (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.morris09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9a2dba5aa-31b2-4202-84d2-bae39f6d7c97
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-morris09
Online Media:

The universal myths : heros, gods, tricksters, and others / by Alexander Eliot ; with contributions by Joseph Campbell and Mircea Eliade

Author:
Eliot, Alexander  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Eliade, Mircea 1907-1986  Search this
Physical description:
310 p. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Myth  Search this
Call number:
BL315.E45 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_400407

Primitive mythology / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 504 : ill. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
1976, c1969
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Religion  Search this
Call number:
GN470.C33 1976X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388355

Occidental mythology / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
x, 564 p. ; 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1976
1976, c1964
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_881847

Creative mythology / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 730 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1968
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_881848

Oriental mythology / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
x, 561 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1962
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_881846

Where the two came to their father; a Navaho war ceremonial given by Jeff King. Text and paintings recorded by Maud Oakes, commentary by Joseph Campbell

Author:
King, Jeff  Search this
Oakes, Maud 1903-1990  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
55 p. 18 col. plates. 44 cm
Type:
Legends
Date:
1969
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Navajo art  Search this
Call number:
E99.N3 K53 1969
E99.N3K53 1969
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_4337

Where the two came to their father : a Navaho war ceremonial / given by Jeff King ; text and paintings recorded by Maud Oakes ; commentary by Joseph Campbell

Author:
King, Jeff 1860-1964  Search this
Oakes, Maud 1903-1990  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 96 pages : 18 color plates ; 26 cm
Type:
Legends
Date:
1991
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Navajo art  Search this
Call number:
E99.N3 K53 1991
E99.N3K53 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_435925

Transformations of myth through time / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
263 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Call number:
BL311.C278 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_402305

Myth, rhetoric, and the voice of authority : a critique of Frazer, Eliot, Frye, and Campbell / Marc Manganaro

Author:
Manganaro, Marc 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Frazer, James George Sir 1854-1941  Search this
Eliot, T. S (Thomas Stearns) 1888-1965  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Frye, Northrop  Search this
Physical description:
x, 214 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Literature and anthropology  Search this
Mythology--Historiography  Search this
Narration (Rhetoric)  Search this
Myth in literature  Search this
Call number:
PN51.M267 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_426075

Where the two came to their father : a Navaho war ceremonial / given by Jeff King ; text and paintings recorded by Maud Oakes ; commentary by Joseph Campbell

Title:
Navaho war ceremonial
Author:
King, Jeff  Search this
Oakes, Maud 1903-1990  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
[8], 84, [4] p. ; 31 cm. + 1 atlas (18 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 62 x 47 cm.)
Type:
Folklore
Place:
Southwestern States
Date:
1943
C1943
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Navajo art  Search this
Call number:
E99.N3 K53 1943
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_840894

The power of myth / Joseph Campbell, with Bill Moyers ; Betty Sue Flowers, editor

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987-  Search this
Moyers, Bill D  Search this
Subject:
Campbell, Joseph 1904- Interviews  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 231 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
1988
C1988
Topic:
Myth  Search this
Religion historians--Interviews  Search this
Call number:
BL304.C36 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_368036

The art of Indian Asia : its mythology and transformations / Heinrich Zimmer ; completed and edited by Joseph Campbell with photos. by Eliot Elisofon and others

Author:
Zimmer, Heinrich Robert 1890-1943  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
2 v. : ill., plates, maps : 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Date:
1955
Topic:
Art--History  Search this
Art, Indic  Search this
Hindu mythology  Search this
Call number:
N7301 .Z72
709.54 .Z5
N7301.Z72
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_15405

The hero with a thousand faces

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xxiii, 416 p. illus. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1949
[1949]
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Psychoanalysis  Search this
Call number:
BL313 .C18
BL313.C18
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_15227

Historical atlas of world mythology / Joseph Campbell

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
304 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 37 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1983
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Call number:
BL311 .C26 1983X
BL311.C26 1983X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_167981

Where the two came to their father, a Navaho war ceremonial, given by Jeff King; text and paintings recorded by Maud Oakes, commentary by Joseph Campbell ..

Author:
King, Jeff  Search this
Oakes, Maud 1903-1990  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987-  Search this
Physical description:
5 p. l., 3-84 p., 2 l. 31 x 23 cm. and portfolio of 18 col. plates 62 x 38 cm
Type:
Legends
Date:
1943
[1943]
Topic:
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Religion  Search this
Navajo art  Search this
Call number:
E99.N3 K53
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_68370

A fire in the mind : the life of Joseph Campbell / Stephen and Robin Larsen

Author:
Larsen, Stephen  Search this
Larsen, Robin  Search this
Subject:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 636 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1991
C1991
Topic:
Religion historians  Search this
Call number:
CT275.C1773 L37 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_667564

Myths and symbols in Indian art and civilization. Edited by Joseph Campbell ..

Author:
Zimmer, Heinrich Robert 1890-1943  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 248 p., 1 l. plates. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Date:
1946
[1946]
Topic:
Hindu mythology  Search this
Symbolism  Search this
Hindu art  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
BL2003.Z5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_199565

Myths and symbols in Indian art and civilization / [By] Heinrich Zimmer. Edited by Joseph Campbell

Author:
Zimmer, Heinrich Robert 1890-1943  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987-  Search this
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 248 p., 1 l. plates. 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
India
Date:
1946
[1946]
Topic:
Hindu art  Search this
Indian mythology  Search this
Symbolism  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Call number:
BL2003 .Z72
BL2003.Z72
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_18199

The masks of God: creative mythology

Author:
Campbell, Joseph 1904-1987  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 730 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
[c1968]
Topic:
Mythology  Search this
Call number:
BL311 .C269
BL311.C269
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_200268

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