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Oral history interview with Boris Bally, 2009 May 26-27

Interviewee:
Bally, Boris, 1961-  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Subject:
Agro, Elisabeth R.  Search this
Ballay, Joe  Search this
Bonner, Jonathan  Search this
Cianci, Vincent Albert, Jr.  Search this
Dahm, Johanna  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster)  Search this
Gialamas, Rosemary  Search this
Greenbaum, Toni  Search this
Holt, Steven  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent)  Search this
Kowal, Dennis  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
Künzli, Otto  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley  Search this
Metcalf, Bruce  Search this
Nasher, Patsy  Search this
Nasher, Raymond  Search this
Raab, Rosanne  Search this
Schaffner, Alexander  Search this
Simon, Marjorie  Search this
Skov, Mara Holt  Search this
Warhola, Paul  Search this
Wood, Joe  Search this
Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)  Search this
Snyderman Gallery  Search this
Comedy Central (Firm)  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Tyler School of Art  Search this
Velvet da Vinci Gallery  Search this
Works Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Haiti -- description and travel
Switzerland -- description and travel
Topic:
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art and computers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Designers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-workers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Models and modelmaking  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15682
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282774
AAA_collcode_bally09
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282774
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Thomas Gentille, 2009 August 2-5

Interviewee:
Gentille, Thomas, 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula, 1941-  Search this
Subject:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Jewelers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)283566
AAA_collcode_gentil09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_283566
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Boris Bally

Interviewee:
Bally, Boris  Search this
Interviewer:
Riedel, Mija, 1958-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) -- Faculty  Search this
Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) -- Students  Search this
Comedy Central (Firm)  Search this
Massachusetts College of Art -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Crafts -- Faculty  Search this
Snyderman Gallery  Search this
Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston, Mass.)  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Tyler School of Art -- Students  Search this
Velvet da Vinci Gallery  Search this
Works Gallery  Search this
Agro, Elisabeth R.  Search this
Ballay, Joe, 1938-  Search this
Bonner, Jonathan, 1947-  Search this
Cianci, Vincent Albert, Jr., 1941-2016  Search this
Dahm, Johanna  Search this
Ebendorf, Robert, 1938-  Search this
Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983  Search this
Gialamas, Rosemary, 1962-  Search this
Greenbaum, Toni  Search this
Holt, Steven, 1957-  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Kangas, Matthew  Search this
Kington, L. Brent (Louis Brent), 1934-2013  Search this
Kowal, Dennis  Search this
Kumata, Carol  Search this
Künzli, Otto, 1948-  Search this
Lechtzin, Stanley, 1936-  Search this
Metcalf, Bruce, 1949-  Search this
Nasher, Patsy  Search this
Nasher, Raymond  Search this
Raab, Rosanne  Search this
Schaffner, Alexander  Search this
Simon, Marjorie  Search this
Skov, Mara Holt  Search this
Warhola, Paul  Search this
Wood, Joe, 1954-  Search this
Extent:
4 Sound discs (Sound recording (5 hr., 55 min.), digital)
109 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound discs
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Haiti -- description and travel
Switzerland -- description and travel
Date:
2009 May 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Boris Bally conducted 2009 May 26-27, by Mija Riedel, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Bally's home and studio, in Providence, Rhode Island.
The artists speaks of his current studio in Providence, Rhode Island; working without a studio assistant; the benefits of working with studio assistants without an art-school background; apprenticing with Swiss metalsmith Alexander Schaffner when Bally was 19; his own de facto apprenticeship program with his studio assistants; his parents as role models; his vision at age 19 for his career plan; his early interest in CAD; growing up with Swiss-born parents, both with art/design backgrounds; visiting Switzerland as a child; his father's studies with Buckminster Fuller in the late 1950s; his mother's class with L. Brent Kington, whom Bally later studied with; growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his first home metal shop at nine years old; his first formal metal class at about 14 years old; making and selling jewelry throughout his teens; informal apprenticeship with Jeff Whisner; his father's design firm, launched in his last year of high school; summer studying at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts; year-long apprenticeship in Switzerland; watching Schaffner make and sell a wide variety of objects, which later informed Bally's own perspective; his continuing relationship with Schaffner; undergraduate studies at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; studying with Daniella Kerner and Vickie Sedman at Tyler; transferring to Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to study with Carol Kumata; making a "happiness machine"; transition from jewelry to larger sculptures; using found and scavenged materials; meeting Rosemary Gialamas (Roy) and their eventual elopement; moving to the Boston area; work as an industrial design model-maker; the New York art scene of the 1980s; representation with Archetype Gallery, New York, New York; slow but steady artistic recognition and commercial success of his functional objects; Sliding Perfections, flatware; teaching Gialamas metalsmithing and collaborative works by the two; early teaching experience in adult education classes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; return to Pittsburgh in 1989, where Bally took a teaching position at Carnegie Mellon in the design department; studio on Bigelow Boulevard; difficulties in his marriage; a commission from the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts, and the beginnings of his traffic sign pieces in a collaborative piece with Gialamas; starting his platters series; the dissolution of his marriage to Gialamas in 1993; meeting Lynn, whom he later married; his love of teaching and his teaching philosophy; teaching at Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina; move to Providence, Rhode Island, to devote his time to studio work; the pros and cons of craft and arts schools versus university settings; the intersection of art, design, and industry: his Humanufactured line of products; functional work in the late '80s, and the influence of a trip to Haiti in the 1980s; bottle cork pieces; Trirod vessels; "More than One: Contemporary Studio Production" exhibition, American Craft Museum, New York, New York, 1992-94; philosophy of making; working in series form; truss pieces; perforation pieces and Vessel with a Silver Heart (1993); armform series; "Jewelries, Epiphanies" exhibition, Artists Foundation Gallery at Cityplace, Boston, Massachusetts, 1990; inclusion in One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today, by Susan Grant Lewin. (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1994); series Dig Wear and Eat Wear bracelets; Calimbo vessel and the Fortunoff prize; gold Tread Wear brooches in the mid-1990s; creating his first chair; moving from hand-made solo work to furniture and a design and production focus; starting to patent his designs in the mid-1990s; further exploration of design and technique in his chairs; "GlassWear: Glass in Contemporary Jewelry," Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York, 2009; Pistol Chalice and work with the Pittsburgh gun buyback program; traveling exhibition for the project; Gun Totem; Brave necklace; BroadWay armchair; Subway chair; new techniques for graphics on the furniture; his relationship with former scrapyard Paul Warhola, brother to Andy Warhol; commission work, and the importance of commerce in his career and worldview; commission for Comedy Central television network; the changing craft market and the boom times of the 1980s; work with galleries, including: Patina, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, California; Snyderman-Works, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri; the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts; seeing one of his pieces used on a set for a daytime television soap opera and in the movie Sex and the City ; the recent "green" (environmentally conscious) trend; blurring boundaries of design and art and craft; growing acceptance of artist-made and -designed multiples; pros and cons of computer technology in art and craft; the pros and cons of the DIY (do-it-yourself) craft movement; influential writers, including Rosanne Raab, Marjorie Simon, Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov, Bruce Metcalf, Toni Greenbaum, Matthew Kangas, Gail Brown; his involvement in the Society of North American Goldsmiths; making metal benches for his children. He also recalls Heather Guidero, Julian Jetten, Pam Moloughney, Dennis Kowal, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Bob Ebendorf, Jason Spencer, Rob Brandegee and Ava DeMarco, Stefan Gougherty, Flo Delgado, L. Brent Kington, Curtis Aric, Ralph Düby, Steve Korpa, Joe Wood, Joe Ballay, Yves Thomann, Andy Caderas, James Thurman, Nicholas (Nico) Bally, Elena Gialamas, James Gialamas, Elvira Peake, Ronald McNeish, Johanna Dahm, Jerry Bennet, Kathleen Mulcahy, Nelson Maniscalco, Tom Mann, Otto Künzli, Stanley Lechtzin, Christopher Shellhammer, David Tisdale, Dean Powell, Daniel Carner, Donald Brecker, Robert Schroeder Phil Carrizzi, Lucy Stewart, Elisabeth Agro, Rachel Layton, Sarah Nichols, Peter Nassoit, Dan Niebels, Mary Carothers, Ward Wallau, Ivan Barnett and Alison Buchsbaum, Jonathan Bonner, Raymond and Patsy Nasher, Beth Gerstein, George Summers Jr., Pavel Opocensky, Buddy Cianci, David Cicilline.
Biographical / Historical:
Boris Bally (1961- ) is a metalsmith and designer who lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. Bally was educated at Carnegie Mellon University and Tyler School of Art.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 56 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.
Occupation:
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Art -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Art and computers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Designers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Jewelry making  Search this
Metal-work -- Study and teaching  Search this
Metal-workers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Models and modelmaking  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.bally09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bally09

Oral history interview with Thomas Gentille

Interviewee:
Gentille, Thomas  Search this
Interviewer:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  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:
75 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 August 2-5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Thomas Gentille conducted 2009 August 2 and 5, by Ursula Ilse-Neuman, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at Ilse-Neuman's home, in New York, N.Y.
Biographical / Historical:
Thomas Gentille (1936- ) is a jeweler and educator and lives and works in New York, N.Y. Gentille taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts.
General:
Originally recorded 4 memory cards as 6 sound files. Duration is 3 hr.
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:
Jewelers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gentil09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gentil09

The jewelry of ideas: the Susan Grant Lewin collection

Author:
Gentille, Thomas  Search this
Baumann, Caroline  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Lewin, Susan Grant  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2017
Topic:
Design  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_150130

Linda MacNeil : jewels of glass / Davira S. Taragin with Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Author:
Taragin, Davira Spiro;  Search this
Author:
Taragin, Davira Spiro Linda MacNeil  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula Unmistakably MacNeil  Search this
Host institution:
Museum of Glass (Tacoma, Wash.)  Search this
Subject:
MacNeil, Linda 1954-  Search this
Physical description:
127 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Place:
United States
Date:
2017
Topic:
Glass jewelry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091157

The jewelry of ideas : the Susan Grant Lewin Collection / Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Author of foreword:
Baumann, Caroline  Search this
Writer of supplementary textual content:
Lewin, Susan Grant  Search this
Host institution:
Cooper-Hewitt Museum  Search this
Physical description:
175 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
History
Date:
2017
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Artist-designed jewelry  Search this
Jewelry--History  Search this
Jewelry--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
NK7310 .I47 2017
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089060

Zero karat : the Donna Schneier gift to the American Craft Museum / with essays by Ursula Ilse-Neuman and David Revere McFadden

Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
McFadden, David Revere  Search this
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Schneier, Donna Art collections  Search this
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
155 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 21 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
20th century
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Call number:
NK7310 .Z47 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_735766

Defining craft. 1, Collecting for the new millennium / [editor, Nancy Preu]

Title:
Defining craft one
Collecting for the new millennium
Author:
Preu, Nancy  Search this
Hotchner, Holly  Search this
McFadden, David Revere  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
151 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Catalogs
Date:
2000
20th century
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Call number:
NK789 .D44 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_774794

Made in Oakland : the furniture of Garry Knox Bennett / Ursula Ilse-Neuman, curator ; with essays by Arthur C. Danto, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Author:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Danto, Arthur C. 1924-2013  Search this
Cooke, Edward S  Search this
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Oakland Museum  Search this
Subject:
Bennett, Garry Knox 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 228 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
California
Oakland
Date:
2001
C2001
20th century
Topic:
Furniture--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_614396

Diane Itter : a retrospective / Ursula Ilse-Neuman, curator

Author:
Itter, Diane 1946-1989  Search this
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Indianapolis Museum of Art  Search this
Indiana University, Bloomington Art Museum  Search this
American Craft Museum (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Subject:
Itter, Diane 1946-1989 Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
79 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
1995
C1995
20th century
Topic:
Weaving--History  Search this
Fiberwork  Search this
Call number:
NK8998.I88 I47 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_510515

Art and industry in early nineteenth century Berlin : the Gewerbeinstitut / Ursula-Ilse Neuman

Title:
Gewerbeinstitut
Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Subject:
Koeniglich-Preussisches Gewerbeinstitut  Search this
Physical description:
61, x leaves, 72 leaves of plates : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Berlin
Date:
1990
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Call number:
NK951 .I29 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_494484

The evolution of the console table in the Wittelsbach court, Munich, c.1715-1768 / Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Subject:
Effner, Joseph 1687-1745  Search this
Cuvilliés, François 1695-1768  Search this
Physical description:
xxiv, 113, A-15 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Germany
Bavaria
Date:
1992
Topic:
Tables  Search this
Furniture  Search this
Call number:
NK2740 .I29 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_495964

Space, light, structure : the jewelry of Margaret De Patta / Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Julie M. Muñiz

Title:
Jewelry of Margaret De Patta
Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Muñiz, Julie M  Search this
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
De Patta, Margaret 1903-1964  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Oakland Museum of California  Search this
Subject:
De Patta, Margaret 1903-1964  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
United States
Date:
2012
20th century
Topic:
Jewelry--History  Search this
Modernism (Aesthetics)--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7398.D32 A4 2012
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1010996

Multiple exposures : jewelry and photography / Ursula Ilse-Neuman

Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Editor:
Preu, Nancy  Search this
Author:
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
256 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2014
19th century
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Jewelry--History  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Video art  Search this
Portrait frames  Search this
Portrait miniatures  Search this
Portrait photography--In art  Search this
Fashion design--History  Search this
Photography in art  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1061431

Inspired jewelry : from the Museum of Arts and Design / Ursula Ilse-Neuman ; John Bigelow Taylor and Dianne Dubler, photography

Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Physical description:
235 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2009
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Jewelry  Search this
Jewelry--History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_942637

GlassWear : glass in contemporary jewelry = Glas im zeitgenössischen Schmuck / Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Cornelie Holzach, Jutta-Annette Page

Title:
Glass in contemporary jewelry
Glas im zeitgenössischen Schmuck
Glass wear
Author:
Ilse-Neuman, Ursula  Search this
Holzach, Cornelie  Search this
Page, Jutta-Annette  Search this
Museum of Arts and Design (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim  Search this
Physical description:
209 p. : col. ill., ports. (some col.) ; 23 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2007
C2007
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Glass jewelry  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_958131

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