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Oral history interview with Bruce Metcalf

Interviewee:
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  Search this
Interviewer:
Cooke, Edward S., 1954-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Colorado State University -- Faculty  Search this
Kent State University -- Faculty  Search this
Montana State University (Bozeman, Mont.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
State University of New York at New Paltz -- Students  Search this
Syracuse University -- Students  Search this
Tyler School of Art -- Students  Search this
University of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pa.) -- Faculty  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Bauer, Fred  Search this
Bennett, Jamie, 1948-  Search this
Burns, Mark, 1950-  Search this
Church, Sharon, 1948-  Search this
Clark, Garth, 1947-  Search this
Craig, Gabriel  Search this
Cummins, Susan  Search this
Daley, William, 1925-2002  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Eidelberg, Martin P.  Search this
Flynn, Pat, 1954-  Search this
Getty, Nilda  Search this
Gill, John, 1949-  Search this
Griffin, Gary, 1945-  Search this
Halem, Henry  Search this
Hammer, Wayne  Search this
Hash, Arthur, 1976-  Search this
Jerry, Michael John, 1937-  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Koplos, Janet  Search this
Koss, Gene  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
La Plantz, David  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley, 1936-  Search this
Long, Randy  Search this
Matzdorf, Kurt  Search this
Mawdsley, Richard, 1945-  Search this
Moran, Lois  Search this
Morris, William, 1834-1896  Search this
Pritchard, Marian  Search this
Rogers, Harriet  Search this
Rogers, Steve  Search this
Ruskin, John, 1819-1900  Search this
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12-  Search this
Slivka, Rose  Search this
Slosberg, Jill  Search this
Wilson, Anne, 1949-  Search this
Woell, J. Fred, 1934-  Search this
Extent:
96 Pages (Transcript)
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 10 min.), digital, wav)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Place:
California -- description and travel
Seoul (Korea) -- Description and Travel
Date:
2009 June 10
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Bruce Metcalf conducted 2009 June 10, by Edward S. Cooke, Jr., for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Metcalf's home, in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Mr. Metcalf discusses his early years in Amherst, Massachusetts; beginnings as a maker with modeling clay and plastic airplane models; undergraduate years at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in the late 1960s; early interest in architecture; early disenchantment with modernist discourse and theory; introduction to Marxist theory and idealism of the 1960s; summer trip to California in 1970; return to the East Coast upon the death of his father; return to college, transferring into jewelry in his senior year; influence of his teacher Michael Jerry; seeing the work in "Objects: USA" exhibition (1969) and influence of the work of J. Fred Woell, Richard Mawdsley, L. Brent Kington; rejection of current trends in art, including conceptual art and formalism; his affinity for the medium of metal, and hammersmithing; influence of funk ceramics, including work by Fred Bauer and Richard Shaw; brief stint at Montana State University, Bozeman; working in cardboard and wood; graduate school at the State University of New York, New Paltz; working with Robert Ebendorf and Kurt Matzdorf at New Paltz; work as a production artist/craftsperson; attending Rhinebeck, New York, craft fair in the mid-1970s; the influence of writings by William Morris and John Ruskin and the notion of "dignified labor"; graduate school at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; formulating his aesthetic of narrative symbolism; publication of his first article in 1977 as a response to review of the exhibition "Forms in Metal: 275 Years of Metalsmithing in America" (1975); yearlong teaching position at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; taking a teaching position at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (1986-1991); publication of his article "Crafts: Second-Class Citizens?" in the first issue of Metalsmith, 1980; growing involvement with the Society of North American Goldsmiths; development of his notion of "social utility" and the role and function of crafts and making; expansion of his writing on craft; rejection of the deconstructivist school of thought in the 1980s; abandonment of sculptural objects for jewelry in the early 1990s; return to Philadelphia in 1991; early teaching of history of craft, first at Kent, then on a Fulbright scholarship in Seoul, South Korea (1990), later at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in the early 1990s; influence of Martin Eidelberg; development of his vision for a history of craft course; collaboration with Janet Koplos on "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft"; use of his medium and craft to explore issues of nurturing and anxiety; the psychological/social effect and aesthetic importance of wearing jewelry (for the wearer and the artist); the pros and cons of craft collectors; the problematics of installation work by craft artists; recent trends in craft, including Anne Wilson's notion of "sloppy craft" and an "anti-craft" attitude; recent artists, including Arthur Hash and Gabriel Craig; lack of exhibition opportunities for younger/emerging artists; influential recent texts, including "Shards," by Garth Clark. He also recalls Robert Arneson, Randy Long, Carol Kumata, Jamie Bennett, Steve and Harriet Rogers, Wayne Hammer, Stanley Lechtzin, Gene Koss, Henry Halem, Mark Burns, Rose Slivka, Nilda Getty, Jill Slosberg, Sharon Church, John Gill, David La Plantz, Lois Moran; Gary Griffin; William Daley, Marian Pritchard, Glenn Adamson, Pat Flynn, Susan Cummins, and Judith Schaechter.
The following oral history transcript is the result of a recorded interview with Bruce Metcalf on June 10, 2009. The interview took place in Bala Cynwyd, Penn., and was conducted by Edward S. Cooke, Jr. for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. This interview is part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Bruce Metcalf has reviewed the transcript. His corrections and emendations appear below in brackets with initials. This transcript has been lightly edited for readability by the Archives of American Art. The reader should bear in mind that they are reading a transcript of spoken, rather than written, prose.
Biographical / Historical:
Bruce Metcalf (1949- ) is a jeweler and writer in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
General:
Originally recorded as 5 sound files. Duration is 4 hr., 10 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:
This transcript is open for research. Access to the entire recording is restricted. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Topic:
Ceramics  Search this
Communism  Search this
Deconstructivism (Architecture)  Search this
Conceptual art  Search this
Formalism (Art)  Search this
Jewelers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.metcal09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw974054f15-9dfd-4aea-98f7-707fd609918e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-metcal09
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Oral history interview with Judith Schaechter, 2011 July 19-20

Interviewee:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Theme:
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15989
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)305478
AAA_collcode_schaec11
Theme:
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_305478
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Oral history interview with Judith Schaechter

Interviewee:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  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:
148 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2011 July 19-20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Judith Schaechter conducted 2011 July 19-20, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Schaechter's home and studio, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Biographical / Historical:
Judith Schaechter (1961- ) is glass artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer of San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded as 6 sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 22 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:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.schaec11
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e62c7619-e23e-4edf-9d1e-344244a3da94
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schaec11
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Judith Schaechter papers, 1961-2019

Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)21738
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)399079
AAA_collcode_schajudi
Theme:
Craft
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_399079

Judith Schaechter papers

Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Extent:
13.4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1961-2019
Scope and Contents:
The papers of craft artist Judith Schaechter measure 16.2 linear feet and date from 1961-2019. Included are biographical material; correspondence; writings; project files; artists' files; photographs and albums of Schaechter, friends, family, exhibitions and source material; printed material; artwork including sketches, sketchbooks and designs. Also included are two t-shirts, CDs and fabric that Schaechter created designs for. A portion of the material is in electronic format.
Biographical / Historical:
Judith Schaechter (1961- ) is a craft artist and sculptor known for her work in stained-glass, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Provenance:
The collection was donated in 2019 and 2021 by Judith Schaechter.
Restrictions:
This collection is access restricted; written permission is required. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Access, with permission, to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.
Occupation:
Stained glass artists -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Sculptors -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.schajudi
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ee4a5ec9-17a2-499a-8ebd-d502c4346891
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schajudi

H

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1979-2016
Collection Restrictions:
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Judith Schaechter papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.2: Personal Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bdac7160-c76f-4be1-9426-dc9bf22c0dc6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref100

I

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990s-2003
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9298b3ea4-116d-442c-9a49-1b9f6e3bbed1
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref101

J

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 28
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1996-2002
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw98e9ebfbd-c31f-44a8-a140-3627d099a634
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref102

K

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 29
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1976-2018
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9b58f9e5a-e867-41e0-a74f-a317810a190d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref103

Lisabeth Levine

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 30
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1992-1993
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94ca045aa-bdd9-4584-8846-26e6e798cb6e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref104

L

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1993-2008
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9400634c7-ead6-425c-97fc-e3e6c68f4e6f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref105

Julia Malig

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1993-1994
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94060f39b-90b3-42a0-9443-8fa32d62494f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref106

Mark McDonough

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990-1994
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9c2651cef-d192-4d7b-80b5-67c2fa00db75
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref107

Rick Moody

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1983-2001
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94c98498c-ff5e-4e7a-b5eb-543221f10430
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ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref108

M

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6-7
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1986-2010
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99aefedd3-5e0c-4677-bd5b-10ac6dffbcfb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref109

Amy Novelli

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1998-2000
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9e137f637-a274-4c17-86dc-c061f1ebb8f8
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ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref110

O

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990-2012
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9360707ee-2848-47dc-a044-077bdaa4a9d6
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ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref111

Brenda Palley

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1988-2012
Collection Restrictions:
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ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref112

Paul and Elmerina Parkman

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1990-2002
Collection Restrictions:
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Archives of American Art
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw929959b62-0774-42e9-bd35-9d12fcfbf5ab
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref113

Jane Place (Aunt Janey)

Collection Creator:
Schaechter, Judith, 1961-  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1989-2005
Collection Restrictions:
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https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9108de1e6-87bb-4942-bafd-64f279a7763f
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ead_component:sova-aaa-schajudi-ref114

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