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Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan, 2006 May 20-June 5

Interviewee:
Saylan, Merryll B., 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn, 1972-  Search this
Subject:
Blunk, J. B.  Search this
Cooper, Michael Jean  Search this
Evans, Ralph  Search this
Foy, George  Search this
Fredell, Gail  Search this
Glaser, Jerry  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Stubbs, Del  Search this
Weir-Quiton, Pamela  Search this
American Association of Woodturners  Search this
California State University, Northridge  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
International Turned Objects Show (1988 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- description and travel
France -- description and travel
Guatemala -- description and travel
Hong Kong -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Philippines -- description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan, 2006 May 20-June 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Environmental engineering  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Turning (Lathe work)  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13576
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)260467
AAA_collcode_saylan06
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_260467
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert David Brady, 2008 March 10-12

Interviewee:
Brady, Robert David, 1946-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Arneson, Robert  Search this
Buck, John  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah  Search this
Chihuly, Dale  Search this
Coykendall, Vernon  Search this
De Forest, Roy  Search this
Neri, Manuel  Search this
Notkin, Richard  Search this
Riegger, Hal  Search this
Rubins, Nancy  Search this
Wiley, William T.  Search this
California College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, Calif.)  Search this
California State University, Sacramento  Search this
Mills College  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Guatemala -- description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Robert David Brady, 2008 March 10-12. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13688
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)274949
AAA_collcode_brady08
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_274949
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Robert David Brady

Interviewee:
Brady, Robert, 1946-  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 College of Arts and Crafts (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Students  Search this
California State University, Sacramento -- Faculty  Search this
Mills College -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Davis -- Students  Search this
Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992  Search this
Buck, John, 1946-  Search this
Butterfield, Deborah, 1949-  Search this
Chihuly, Dale, 1941-  Search this
Coykendall, Vernon  Search this
De Forest, Roy, 1930-2007  Search this
Neri, Manuel, 1930-  Search this
Notkin, Richard  Search this
Riegger, Hal, 1921-  Search this
Rubins, Nancy, 1952-  Search this
Wiley, William T., 1937-2021  Search this
Extent:
4 Sound discs (Sound recording (6 hr., 47 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
107 Pages (Transcipt)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Guatemala -- Description and Travel
Date:
2008 March 10-12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert David Brady conducted 2008 March 10-12, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Berkeley, California.
Brady speaks of growing up in Reno, Nevada and developing a fondness for the desert and mountain environment around him; his first discovery and fascination with clay during junior high; a deep interest in symbols and the abstraction of language and how he has incorporated that into his work; studying art at California College of Arts and Crafts; continuing on to Mills College for graduate school; being drafted into the war and having to postpone his attendance to Mills College; finishing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Davis; wanting to become a college professor; teaching at California State University in Sacramento; wanting to depart from dependency on the vessel; exploring with figurative objects; abandoning the vessel and adapting an interest in object making and mixed media; the influence of Mexico, in particular, the imagery of the Day of the Dead, on his work; firing techniques he learned in Mexico; the influence from Hal Riegger toward his education and development; specific works and the inspiration and process behind them; his departure from clay and experimenting with wood; various shows and his experiences working with different galleries and curators; his trip to Guatemala and the emergence of angels and other religious motif in his work; other traveling experiences and the influence each had on his work; his desire to return to clay and continue making pots; the craft community; the influence of Japanese pots; his personal beliefs toward academically trained and non-academically trained artists; and his opinion toward various art and craft magazines. Brady also recalls Vernon Coykendall, Robert Arneson, William Wiley, Manuel Neri, Debbie Butterfield, John Buck, Dick Notkin, Nancy Rubins, Roy de Forest, Hal Riegger, Dale Chihuly, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert David Brady (1946- ) is a sculptor of wood and ceramics and a teacher from Berkeley, California. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer from San Francisco, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 14 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 47 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:
Sculptors -- California -- Berkeley -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.brady08
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw90c526f05-fa96-48c2-8ff5-b6ec5d70182a
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brady08
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan

Interviewee:
Saylan, Merryll B., 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Association of Woodturners  Search this
California State University, Northridge -- Students  Search this
International Turned Objects Show (1988 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Students  Search this
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Blunk, J. B., 1926-2002  Search this
Cooper, Michael Jean  Search this
Evans, Ralph  Search this
Foy, George  Search this
Fredell, Gail  Search this
Glaser, Jerry  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy, 1952-  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Stubbs, Del  Search this
Weir-Quiton, Pamela  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording: 7 compact discs (6 hr., 9 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
116 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- description and travel
France -- description and travel
Guatemala -- Description and Travel
Hong Kong -- Description and Travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Philippines -- Description and Travel
Date:
2006 May 20-June 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merryll Saylan conducted 2006 May 20-June 5, by Glenn Adamson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, England.
Saylan speaks of her childhood in Los Angeles, California; her early musical education in piano and viola; memories of World War II; her family's political views during the Cold War; meeting her first husband at UCLA; dropping out of school to move to Virginia and Georgia in fulfillment of her husband's military service; experiencing anti-Semitism in Georgia; the challenges of her eldest son's speech problems; traveling to France, Japan, Guatemala, Hong Kong and the Philippines; her interest in Japanese culture; completing her B.A. in design at UCLA and her M.A. in studio art at California State University, Northridge; anti-Vietnam sentiment on campus; early interests in environmental design; her second husband and his friends; her interest in furniture and woodworking; differing approaches to woodworking on the east and west coasts; her views on feminism and working women; her use of color and texture in woodworking; teaching experiences; popular perception of her work; receiving a grant to go to England and her involvement with English and German woodturners; the lack of collector interest in her work; forced absences from working because of illnesses; serving on the boards of the American Association of Woodturners and The Woodturning Center; her involvement in the International Turned Objects Show, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Biannual Exposition, and the International Turning Exchange; her thoughts on future work. Saylan also recalls George Foy, Bob Stocksdale, Michael Cooper, Pamela Weir-Quiton, Joanne Rapp, J.B. Blunk, Marvin Lipofsky, Gail Fredell, Wendy Maruyama, Ralph Evans, Del Stubbs, Jerry Glaser, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Merryll Saylan (1936- ) is a wood artist from San Rafael, California. Glenn Adamson (1972- ) is a museum professional, in London, England.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 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:
Woodworkers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Environmental engineering  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Turning (Lathe work)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.saylan06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw935cef910-0ce6-49cb-a74d-2d2735b3f08e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-saylan06
Online Media:

Map of the Routes of the United Fruit Company Steam Ship Service

Subject:
Wheeler, George C  Search this
United Fruit Company  Search this
Physical description:
Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 15w x 20.4h; Type of Image: Map; Medium: Document
Type:
Maps
Paper
Place:
South America
Pacific Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Central America
Panama
Date:
1924
Topic:
Travel  Search this
Scientific expeditions  Search this
Shipping  Search this
Voyages and travels  Search this
Transportation  Search this
Standard number:
SIA2012-7659
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sic_14695

Silver during road trip to Guatemala, 1972. Pilar and Tom Law

Maker:
Law, Lisa  Search this
Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 11 in x 14 in; 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm
Object Name:
Photograph
Date made:
1972
Date printed:
1998
Subject:
Travel  Search this
Men  Search this
Children  Search this
Credit Line:
John Paul Mitchell Systems
ID Number:
1998.0139.189
Catalog number:
1998.0139.189
Accession number:
1998.0139
See more items in:
Work and Industry: Photographic History
Lisa Law
Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a7-55b7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_892755

Secrets of the talking jaguar : memoirs from the living heart of a Mayan village / Martín Prechtel

Author:
Prechtel, Martín  Search this
Subject:
Prechtel, Martín  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 283 p. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Guatemala
Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán (Guatemala)
Date:
1999
1999, c1998
Topic:
Shamans  Search this
Religion  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
BF1679.8.P74 P74 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_728199

Antigua, Guatemala : an illustrated history of the city and its documents / by Elizabeth Bell and Trevor Long

Author:
Bell, Elizabeth 1954-  Search this
Long, Trevor  Search this
Physical description:
108 p., 89 p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 18 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Antigua
Antigua (Guatemala)
Date:
1978
Topic:
Historic buildings--History  Search this
Church buildings--History  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1476.A5 B45 1978
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913326

Guatemala : a guide to the people, politics, and culture / Trish O'Kane

Title:
Guatemala in focus
Author:
O'Kane, Trish  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Guidebooks
Place:
Guatemala
Date:
1999
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_731864

Guatemala / photos Olivier Martel ; textes Ph. Bordas, J. P. Gagnère

Author:
Martel, Olivier  Search this
Bordas, Ph  Search this
Gagnère, J. P  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Date:
1976
[1976?]
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1464.2.M33X 1976
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_388455

The ancient cities of the New World [microform] : being voyages and explorations in Mexico and Central America from 1857-1882 / by Désiré Charnay ; translated from the French by J. Gonino and Helen S. Conant

Author:
Charnay, Désiré 1828-1915  Search this
Gonimo, J  Search this
Conant, Helen S (Helen Stevens) 1839-1899  Search this
Physical description:
xlvi, 514 p., [35] leaves of plates : ill., map ; 26 cm
Type:
Microforms
Place:
Mexico
Yucatán (Mexico : State)
Guatemala
Date:
1981
1888
Topic:
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
TR15 .H5810 no. 336
mfm 814
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_376434

Footloose scientist in Mayan America

Author:
Lorang, Mary Corde Sister 1904-  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 308 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Yucatán (Mexico : State)
Date:
1966
[c1966]
Topic:
Mayas  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_913736

River of the sacred monkey : authentic chronicle of wilderness river exploration in Central America, with a valid portrayal of the last remaining descendants of the vanishing Mayans / by Dimitar Krustev

Author:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Subject:
Krustev, Dimitar  Search this
Physical description:
58 p., 32 p. of plates : col. ill., col. ports., map ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Usumacinta River Valley (Guatemala and Mexico)
Lacantún River (Guatemala and Mexico)
Date:
1970
Topic:
Mayas  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1221.L2 K78 1970
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_916005

Sacred monkey river : a canoe trip with the gods / Christopher Shaw

Author:
Shaw, Christopher (Christopher Alden)  Search this
Subject:
Shaw, Christopher (Christopher Alden) Travel  Search this
Physical description:
316 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Usumacinta River Valley (Guatemala and Mexico)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Mayas--Antiquities  Search this
Mayas--Religion  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_916637

In the land of the Quetzal feather / Friedrich Morton ; illustrated by Fritz Berger

Author:
Morton, Friedrich  Search this
Physical description:
208 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Date:
1960
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1464 .M6713 1960
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_922360

Guatemala, ancient and modern / by Joaquin Munoz and Anna Bell Ward

Author:
Muñoz, Joaquín  Search this
Ward, Anna Bell  Search this
Physical description:
308 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Date:
1940
C1940
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Antiquities  Search this
History  Search this
Call number:
F1464 .M86 1940
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_910783

Narrative of a journey to Guatemala, in Central America, in 1838 / by G.W. Montgomery

Author:
Montgomery, G. W (George Washington) 1804-1841  Search this
Physical description:
viii, [9]-195, [1] p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Guatemala
El Salvador
Date:
1839
Topic:
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1464.M78X 1839
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_434589

Guatemalan journey / by Stephen Connely Benz

Author:
Benz, Stephen Connely 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Benz, Stephen Connely 1958-  Search this
Physical description:
viii, 212 p. : map ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Guatemala
Date:
1996
1985-
Topic:
Americans  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_488853

Voyage géologique dans les républiques de Guatemala et de Salvador par MM. A. Dollfus et E. de Mont-Serrat

Author:
Dollfus, Auguste 1840-1869  Search this
Mont-Serrat, Eugène de  Search this
Physical description:
2 p. ., ix, 539 p. illus. (some col.) maps 37 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Central America
Date:
1868
Topic:
Geology  Search this
Volcanoes  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_453696

The heart of the sky : travels among the Maya / Peter Canby

Author:
Canby, Peter  Search this
Subject:
Canby, Peter  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 368 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Mexico
Guatemala
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Mayas  Search this
Description and travel  Search this
Call number:
F1435.C3155 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_433673

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