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Oral history interview with David Ellsworth

Interviewee:
Ellsworth, David, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Anderson Ranch Arts Center  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Bellas Artes (Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
Cooper-Lynn Gallery  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Gargoyle Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Oberlin College  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
University of Colorado -- Students  Search this
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.) -- Students  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Bressler, Charlie  Search this
Bressler, Fleur  Search this
Dodson, Virginia  Search this
Foster, Clay  Search this
Gibson, Giles  Search this
Hogbin, Stephen  Search this
Holzapfel, Michelle, 1951-  Search this
Klein, Bonnie  Search this
LeCoff, Albert B., 1950-  Search this
Lindquist, Mark, 1949-  Search this
Lindquist, Melvin  Search this
Lipton, Irving  Search this
Mason, Arthur K.  Search this
Mason, Jane S.  Search this
Mastelli, Rick, 1949-  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Moulthrop, Ed, 1916-2003  Search this
Prestini, James, 1908-  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Scarpino, Betty  Search this
Sfirri, Mark  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (2 hr., 41 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Colorado -- description and travel
Iowa -- Description and Travel
Date:
2007 July 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview of David Ellsworth conducted 2007 July 16, by Josephine Shea, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Ellsworth's home, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
Ellsworth speaks of living and growing up in Iowa for the first fourteen years of his life; moving to Boulder, Colorado when his father became the director of libraries; being the youngest of two boys; his parents meeting at Oberlin College; his early interest and skill in leatherwork and woodwork as a child; spending time with the family at their cabin up in the mountains in Colorado; his experiences with music, vocals, and woodshop in junior high; attending a preparatory high school that had a very strong art program; singing in the Army for the Army Air Defense Command; traveling around with the band; being sent to the headquarters of United States Army of Europe in Heidelberg as a speed typist; studying and learning German while abroad; getting admitted into the architecture department at Washington University in St. Louis; flunking out after three semesters; going to New York City to follow a love interest as well as to study art; attending The New School for Social Research; moving back to the Midwest due of the heavy toll of city life; enrolling in the sculpture department at the University of Colorado and receiving both a bachelor of fine arts and a master of fine arts; his first independent show at Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado; working as a designer for a stainless steel food services equipment company called Green Brothers; working at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado; opening up a private studio in Boulder; partaking in various craft shows; working with the Belles Artes Gallery in New York City and Santa Fe, the Del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles, The Hand and the Spirit Gallery in Scottsdale which became Materia Gallery, the Gargoyle Gallery in Aspen; and the Cooper-Lynn Gallery in New York City; working as a teacher at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg; his experiences working with resin; his past experiences working with various kinds of wood; his past divorce; the influence of Native American and Southwest architecture and landscape on his work; the lack of reviews on woodturners and woodturning exhibitions; the difficulty of writing about craft art because of the lack of language; turning down commission work because of the limitations it imposes on the artist or creator; the direction in which he believes the craft of woodturning is going; woodturning as predominantly a hobby for retirees seeking to satisfy a need for creative energy; woodturning as a male-dominated craft; the surprisingly large number of well-known men in the fiber field today; designing and making his own line of tools; creating tutorial videos; holding woodturning classes at his home studio; his working process and how it has changed over time; how he and his wife Wendy ended up in Quakertown, Pennsylvania; and how he came up with his various series and how each developed. Ellsworth also recalls Ed Moulthroup, Melvin and Mark Lindquist, JoAnn Rapp; Steven Hogbin, Lois Moran, James Prestini, Irving Lipton, Albert LeCoff, Rick Mastelli, Clay Foster, Michelle Holzapfel, Mark Sfirri, Virginia Dodson, Betty Scarpino, Bonnie Klein, Arthur and Jane Mason, Fleur and Charlie Bressler, Giles Gibson, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
David Ellsworth (1944- ) is a studio woodworker from Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Josephine Shea (1958- ) is a curator from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.
General:
Originally recorded 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 41 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.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodworkers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.ellswo07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-ellswo07

Oral history interview with David Ellsworth, 2007 July 16

Interviewee:
Ellsworth, David, 1944-  Search this
Ellsworth, David, 1944-  Search this
Interviewer:
Shea, Josephine, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Bressler, Charlie  Search this
Bressler, Fleur  Search this
Dodson, Virginia  Search this
Foster, Clay  Search this
Gibson, Giles  Search this
Hogbin, Stephen  Search this
Holzapfel, Michelle  Search this
Klein, Bonnie  Search this
LeCoff, Albert B.  Search this
Lindquist, Mark  Search this
Lindquist, Melvin  Search this
Lipton, Irving  Search this
Mason, Arthur K.  Search this
Mason, Jane S.  Search this
Mastelli, Rick  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Moulthrop, Ed  Search this
Prestini, James  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Scarpino, Betty  Search this
Sfirri, Mark  Search this
Anderson Ranch Arts Center  Search this
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts  Search this
Bellas Artes (Santa Fe, N.M.)  Search this
Cooper-Lynn Gallery  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Gargoyle Gallery  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Oberlin College  Search this
United States. Army  Search this
University of Colorado  Search this
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.)  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Colorado -- description and travel
Iowa -- Description and travel
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Woodwork -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Woodworkers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13679
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)274890
AAA_collcode_ellswo07
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_274890
Online Media:

Catalog for Masters, Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition

Creator:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Type:
Printed Materials
Date:
1993
Topic:
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)13495
See more items in:
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_13495

Oral history interview with Ron Kent, 2010 April 20-22

Interviewee:
Kent, Ron, 1931-  Search this
Kent, Ron, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Woodworkers -- Hawaii -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15794
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)288885
AAA_collcode_kent10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_288885
Online Media:

Even Through Midnight I Can See Diamonds

Artist:
William Hunter, born Long Beach, CA 1947  Search this
Medium:
Gabon ebony
Dimensions:
14 x 6 5/8 in. diam. (35.5 x 16.7 cm) irregular
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1995
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)
Copyright:
© 1995, William Hunter
Object number:
2003.60.25
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk755019550-bfa4-4922-979c-c80c48b2e89e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2003.60.25

Del Mano Gallery - Ron Kent: The Translucent Bowl (1996)

Collection Creator:
Museum of Craft and Folk Art  Search this
Extent:
1 Videocassettes (VHS)
Container:
Box 24, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Videocassettes (vhs)
Date:
1996
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Museum of Craft and Folk Art records, 1970-2012. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Museum of Craft and Folk Art records
Museum of Craft and Folk Art records / Series 2: Exhibition Files / Exhibitions at Other Museums and Galleries
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-musecraf-ref372

Sam Maloof, Kay Sekimachi, and Bob Stocksdale: Perfection in Form, Del Mano Gallery (Altadena, California)

Collection Source:
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi  Search this
Collection Creator:
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Container:
Box 12, Folder 33
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1997
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of original audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers / Series 5: Exhibition Files / 5.4: General
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-stockbob-ref396

del Mano Gallery

Collection Source:
Stocksdale, Kay Sekimachi  Search this
Collection Creator:
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Container:
Box 13, Folder 44
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1996-2006
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of original audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
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:
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers, circa 1900-2015. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
See more items in:
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers
Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi papers / Series 5: Exhibition Files / 5.5: Gallery and Institution Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-stockbob-ref460

Oral history interview with Ron Kent

Interviewee:
Kent, Ron, 1931-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Extent:
99 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 April 20-22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ron Kent conducted 2010 April 20 and 22, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Kent's home and studio in Kailua, Hawaii.
Kent discusses his first entry into Easter show (at Honolulu Academy of Arts) in late 1960s/early 1970s; the challenge of figuring of making objects; the notion of limitations as an important factor in his work; growing up in Los Angeles of the 1930s; an ethic of frugality and a father who could make and repair things around the house; his first career as an engineer; influential books, including works by Ayn Rand and Franz Kafka; a new career as a stockbroker in San Diego in the early 1960s; making a small kayak; his willingness to push boundaries and the need for a certain amount of anxiety in his creative process; discovery of Norfolk/Cook pine as main medium; his wife Myra's gift of his first lathe in the early 1970s; influential shapes and vessels, including the ovoid shape and long-necked bottles; the need for "heft" in his pieces; the advantages and disadvantages of being a self-taught artist; early exhibitions of bottles, and first purchase by del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles; the notion of "dialog" with wood; the creative perils of too much technical and technological facility; his first trip to New York City; the emergence of translucence in his work, and oil-sandpaper techniques; the evolution of the pedestal foot; the series Guardian, from the mid-2000s; marketing efforts and gallery recognition, including one-man show at Barry Friedman, Ltd., New York, NY; the imposter syndrome; acquisition of a piece by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York in the 1980s; acquisition of work by Jonathan Fairbanks at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; his dishwashing liquid formula for treating wood; experimentation with wave forms, including a bench for the for 20th anniversary of the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu; early artistic pioneers and influences, including James Prestini, Rude Osolnik, and Palmer Sharpless; the notion of value in art and in life; the importance of breakage, and the series Post-Nuclear of stitched vessels; collaboration with fiber artist Pat Hickman in the 1990s; retirement from stockbroker job in 1997 to become a woodturner full time and negative effect on artistic productivity; initial commissions, and the decision not to accept more of them; brief series Calabash; the happenstance nature of using wood as a medium; the importance of American woodturning for the international recognition of the movement; work he finds interesting, including that of Ron Gerton and Michael Bauermeister; a philosophy of continually trying new approaches or inventing unconventional approaches. He recalls David Ellsworth, Dale Nish, John Perreault, Hap Sakw, Albert LeCoff, Vladimir Ossipoff, Bob Stocksdale, and Jerry Glaser.
Biographical / Historical:
Ron Kent (1931- ) is a wood artist in Kailua, Hawaii.
General:
Originally recorded on 6 memory cards as 9 digital sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 18 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:
Woodworkers -- Hawaii -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.kent10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-kent10

Contemporary baskets 2002 : an exhibition of contemporary baskets and fiber sculpture, June 22-July 20

Author:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Basketwork  Search this
Call number:
NK3659.5 .C65 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710024

Hot tea! 2003 : April 5-May 2

Author:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Teapots  Search this
Call number:
N8730 .H68 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_710087

Turned wood : small treasures

Title:
Small treasures
Author:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Periodicals
Date:
199u
Topic:
Turning (Lathe work) )  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
Call number:
TT201 .T876
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_779326

Selected works : February 2-29, 2008 / catalog design by Kirsten Muenster

Title:
Selected works 2008
Author:
Muenster, Kirsten  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Woodwork  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Call number:
NK9601.L7 D457 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_911647

Philip & Matt Moulthrop : the legacy continues : October 11 - November 15, 2008, del Mano Gallery

Title:
Philip and Matt Moulthrop : the legacy continues
Author:
Moulthrop, Philip 1947-  Search this
Moulthrop, Matt 1977-  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Moulthrop, Philip 1947-  Search this
Moulthrop, Matt 1977-  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2008
C2008
Topic:
Turning (Lathe work)  Search this
Call number:
NK9698.M684 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913210

Laurie Swim : at the end of the day : February 10-March 10, 2007 / Kirsten Muenster, catalog design ; Linda Ross, photography

Title:
At the end of the day
Author:
Swim, Laurie  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Swim, Laurie  Search this
Physical description:
21 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Quilts  Search this
Fabric pictures  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_916208

David Carlin : short stories from a sharp edge

Title:
Short stories from a sharp edge
Author:
Carlin, David 1944-  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Carlin, David 1944-  Search this
Physical description:
49 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Catalogs
Date:
2008
C2008
21st century
Topic:
Sculpture, American  Search this
Call number:
NB237.C365 A4 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_930521

Fiber art explored I

Author:
Danberg, Leah  Search this
Muhl, Debora  Search this
Sutton, Polly Adams  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Danberg, Leah  Search this
Muhl, Debora  Search this
Sutton, Polly Adams  Search this
Physical description:
18 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
2008
Topic:
Textile crafts  Search this
Basket makers  Search this
Call number:
TT699 .F53 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_932168

Fiber art explored II : August 2-30, 2008 : del Mano gallery presents works by: Leah Danberg, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze

Author:
Danberg, Leah  Search this
Dever, Jeffrey Lloyd  Search this
Schulze, Elizabeth Whyte  Search this
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Danberg, Leah  Search this
Dever, Jeffrey Lloyd  Search this
Schulze, Elizabeth Whyte  Search this
Physical description:
19 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2003
C2008
Topic:
Textile crafts  Search this
Basket makers  Search this
Call number:
TT699 .F535 2008
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_932169

Contemporary glass invitational '94 : Pasadena Gallery, October 8 - November 5 : Bob Bellucci, Michael David, Kit Karbler, Paul Manners, Cissy McCaa, Tom McGlauchlin, Grant Miller, James Nowak

Author:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1994
C1994
20th century
Topic:
Glass art  Search this
Glass artists  Search this
Call number:
NK5112 .C66 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_932174

Los Angeles Art Show, January 21-25, 2009 : Del Mano Gallery presents Bauermeister, Michael ... Urruty, Joël

Title:
Del Mano Gallery presents Bauermeister, Michael
Author:
Del Mano Gallery  Search this
Bauermeister, Michael  Search this
Urruty, Joël  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Los Angeles
Date:
2009
C2009
21st century
Topic:
Wood sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture, American  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Call number:
NB1255.U6 D45 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_948583

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