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Oral history interview with Ramona Solberg

Interviewee:
Solberg, Ramona  Search this
Interviewer:
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Craft Council  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
Central Washington State College -- Faculty  Search this
Edison Vocational School -- Students  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of Washington -- Students  Search this
Day, Russell  Search this
Hall, Laurie  Search this
Harrington, LaMar, 1917-2005  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee, 1943-  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Maloof, Frieda  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Marshall, John, 1936-  Search this
Pence, Coralyn  Search this
Penington, Ruth, b. 1905  Search this
Slemmons, Kiff  Search this
Tompkins, Don  Search this
Woell, J. Fred, 1934-  Search this
Worden, Nancy  Search this
Extent:
35 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 March 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ramona Solberg conducted 2001 March 23, by Vicki Halper, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Solberg's apartment, Seattle, Washington.
Solberg speaks of her family background and childhood in Seattle; her jewelry studies with Ruth Pennington at the University of Washington in Seattle and her use of found objects; her service in the Unites States Army; attending the Edison Vocational School on the GI Bill and pursuing a masters degree in jewelry at the University of Washington; studies with Coralyn Pence; her travels to Mexico and her fascination with pre-Columbian objects; enameling in Norway; collecting beads from around the world; her book, "Inventive Jewelry-Making" (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1972); leading tours for a Seattle-based group, "Friends of the Crafts," to the Middle East, Asia, Antarctica, and elsewhere for 16 or 17 years; teaching at Central Washington State College and creating her first bead and found object pieces there in 1956; her fondness for turquoise, lapis, and coral; inviting Don Tompkins to teach at Central Washington State College; Tompkins's "tongue-in-cheek" use of metals; her desire to make jewelry that can "shake, rattle, and roll"; teaching and workshops; her use of preliminary sketches; her soldering technique; fasteners; the weight of her jewelry; the "restraints of jewelry"; her lack of interest in making matched sets and bracelets and rings; the lack of social commentary in her work; her series of pieces inspired by the book, "Watership Down;" the influence of Fred Woell and his use of "American throw-aways"; her involvement with the Northwest region of the American Craft Council; her association with a group of jewelers in the Northwest including Ron Ho, Laurie Hall, Nancy Worden, and Kiff Slemmons; making beaded fibulas; curating exhibitions such as Ubiquitous Bead (1987) and Ubiquitous Bead II (1998) at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle; exhibitions at Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle and the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington in Seattle; working in small spaces; getting into the exhibition Objects: USA "through the back door"; her status as an international artist; pricing her work; her pieces in museum collections; and her health. She recalls Russell Day, Jack Lenor Larsen, Sam and Frieda Maloof, John Marshall, Marvin Lipofsky, LaMar Harrington, Mary Lee Hu, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ramona Solberg (1921-2005) was a jeweler from Seattle, Washington. Vicki Halper is a curator at the Seattle Art Museum.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 13 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:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Jewelers -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.solber01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-solber01

Oral history interview with Ramona Solberg, 2001 March 23

Interviewee:
Solberg, Ramona L., 1921-2005  Search this
Interviewer:
Halper, Vicki  Search this
Subject:
Day, Russell  Search this
Hall, Laurie  Search this
Harrington, LaMar  Search this
Ho, Ron  Search this
Hu, Mary Lee  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Maloof, Frieda  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Marshall, John  Search this
Pence, Coralyn  Search this
Penington, Ruth  Search this
Slemmons, Kiff  Search this
Tompkins, Don  Search this
Woell, J. Fred  Search this
Worden, Nancy  Search this
Central Washington State College  Search this
Edison Vocational School  Search this
Bellevue Art Museum (Wash.)  Search this
American Craft Council  Search this
University of Washington  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Art -- Technique  Search this
Jewelers -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12835
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)226997
AAA_collcode_solber01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_226997
Online Media:

There is No Eye: Music for Photographs [sound recording]

Liner notes:
Cohen, John 1932-  Search this
Performer:
Lewis, Laurie 1950-  Search this
Hunter, Yvonne  Search this
Muddy Waters 1915-1983  Search this
Dixon, Willie 1915-1992  Search this
Dylan, Bob 1941-  Search this
Holcomb, Roscoe  Search this
Watson, Doc  Search this
Carlton, Gaither 1901-1972  Search this
Stanley, Carter  Search this
Stanley, Ralph  Search this
Townsley, Mary  Search this
Dickens, Hazel 1935-2011  Search this
Gerrard, Alice 1934-  Search this
Monroe, Bill 1911-1996  Search this
Robertson, Eck 1887-1975  Search this
Myers, Sidna  Search this
Higgins, Charlie  Search this
Poe, Dale  Search this
Ward, Wade  Search this
Amram, David  Search this
Cohen, Rufus  Search this
Patterson, Wade  Search this
Cohen, Sonya  Search this
Connette, Dick  Search this
Cotten, Elizabeth  Search this
Guthrie, Woody 1912-1967  Search this
Lomax, Alan 1915-2002  Search this
Hall, Kenny (Musician)  Search this
Stanley Brothers  Search this
Blue Grass Boys  Search this
New Lost City Ramblers  Search this
Sweets Mill String Band  Search this
Creator:
Davis, Gary 1896-1972  Search this
Physical description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Culture:
Americans  Search this
British  Search this
Scots  Search this
Peruvians  Search this
African American  Search this
Gullahs  Search this
Anglo-American  Search this
Type:
Musical sound recordings
Place:
United States
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.)
John's Island (S.C.)
South Carolina
Chicago (Ill.)
Daisy (Ky.)
Kentucky
Illinois
Scotland
Maryland
Amarillo (Tex.)
Texas
Hillsville (Va.)
Virginia
Galax (Va.)
New Mexico
Albuquerque (N.M.)
Huancavelica (Peru)
Peru
California
Deep Gap (N.C.)
North Carolina
Dundee (Scotland)
West Virginia
Indiana
Washington (D.C.)
Oklahoma
Date:
2001
Topic:
Gospel music  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Folk music  Search this
Sea Islands--Songs and music  Search this
Folksong revival  Search this
Old-time music  Search this
Appalachian Region, Southern--Songs and music  Search this
Spirituals (Songs)  Search this
Bluegrass music  Search this
Folk music--Scotland  Search this
British Isles--Songs and music  Search this
World music  Search this
Country music  Search this
Fiddle tunes  Search this
Banjo music  Search this
Jazz  Search this
String band  Search this
Peru--Songs and music  Search this
Guitar  Search this
Bass  Search this
Violin  Search this
Banjo  Search this
Mandolin  Search this
Harmonica  Search this
Dulcimer  Search this
Local number:
SF-COMM-CD-40091
Smithsonian Folkways 40091
Restrictions & Rights:
Restrictions on access. SI Permission
Data Source:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_354976

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