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Oral history interview with William Morris, 2009 July 13-14

Interviewee:
Morris, William, 1957-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Benaroya, Jack  Search this
Benaroya, Rebecca  Search this
Campbell, Joseph  Search this
Carpenter, James  Search this
Chihuly, Dale  Search this
Demarco, Ricky  Search this
Graves, Nancy Stevenson  Search this
Hauberg, John H. (John Henry)  Search this
Hydman-Vallien, Ulrica  Search this
Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav)  Search this
Karan, Donna  Search this
Kirkpatrick, Joey  Search this
Libenský, Stanislav  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Lipski, Donald  Search this
Mace, Flora  Search this
Marioni, Dante  Search this
Moore, Benjamin P.  Search this
Oppenheim, Dennis  Search this
Pfaff, Judy  Search this
Saxe, Dorothy  Search this
Saxe, George  Search this
Scanga, Italo  Search this
Seguso, Livio  Search this
Signoretto, Pino  Search this
Smith, Kiki  Search this
Stroemple, George R.  Search this
Tagliapietra, Lino  Search this
Vallien, Bertil  Search this
California State University, Chico  Search this
Central Washington University  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
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
British Isles -- Description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with William Morris, 2009 July 13-14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15699
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283555
AAA_collcode_morris09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283555
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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
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Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Conversations and talks
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Published Date:
Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:01:21 +0000
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Britain's Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?

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Type:
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Interviews
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Published Date:
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:54:10 +0000
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Move Over, Madagascar: This Island Has the World’s Greatest Concentration of Unique Mammals

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Type:
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Published Date:
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 19:42:01 +0000
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Go Left, Young Man: Driving in Great Britain and Ireland

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Type:
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Published Date:
Wed, 01 Apr 2009 03:00:00 +0000
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These Five Objects Tell the Story of Soccer

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Published Date:
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 15:26:20 +0000
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The Hills Are Alive With the Sound of Bollywood

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Type:
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Published Date:
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:24 +0000
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Type:
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Published Date:
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 05:00:00 +0000
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Living a Tradition

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Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Sun, 01 Apr 2001 05:00:00 +0000
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Literary landscapes of the British Isles : a narrative atlas / David Daiches & John Flower

Author:
Daiches, David 1912-2005  Search this
Flower, John 1929-  Search this
Physical description:
287 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Ireland
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Literary landmarks  Search this
Authors, English--Homes and haunts  Search this
Literary landmarks--Maps  Search this
Authors, Irish--Homes and haunts  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
PR109 .D34 1979X
PR109.D34 1979X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_433041

Post office numbers; the distinguishing numbers given to post offices 1844 to 1906 and the stamps in which they were used in the British Isles and in overseas agencies of the British Post Office

Author:
Brumell, George  Search this
Physical description:
201 p. illus. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1946
Topic:
Postal service--Guides  Search this
Postage stamps  Search this
Call number:
HE6933 .B89
HE6933.B89
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_154880

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