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Oral history interview with Harold O'Connor

Interviewee:
O'Connor, Harold, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Zeiger, Dinah  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Alberta College of Art + Design -- Faculty  Search this
Instituto Allende -- Student  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Penland School of Handicrafts -- Faculty  Search this
University of New Mexico -- Student  Search this
Western State College of Colorado -- Student  Search this
Brancusi, Constantin, 1876-1957  Search this
Calò, Aldo, 1910-1983  Search this
Chillida, Eduardo, 1924-2002  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur, 1866-1935  Search this
Noguchi, Isamu, 1904-1988  Search this
Reiling, Reinhold, 1922-  Search this
Ulrich, Klaus  Search this
Extent:
63 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2007 October 11-31
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Harold O'Connor conducted 2007 October 11 and 31, by Dinah Zeiger, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at O'Conner's studio, Dunconor Workshops, in Salida, Colorado.
O'Connor speaks of his childhood in New York; his father, who was a doctor, and his mother, who was a craft artist; an early exposure to the craft field; attending Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado and studying psychology for one year before returning to Rochester, N.Y.; working in occupational therapy and making commercial apple-peeling machines; returning to WSU, becoming interested in anthropology and transferring to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; taking classes in metalwork during his senior year; being inspired by Georg Jensen; attending international schools to learn metalsmithing and goldsmithing, including the National Arts and Crafts School in Copenhagen, Denmark, the National Arts School in Helsinki, Finland, and Kunst und Werkschule in Pforzheim, Germany; the differences between apprenticeship programs and technical schools; working as the first resident metal craftsman at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C.; moving with his wife to Crested Butte, Colorado and setting up a small studio in an alley; returning to UNM to complete his undergraduate degree before attending Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Mexico and receiving his M.F.A.; teaching jewelry for four years at Alberta College of Art and Design at Calgary, Canada and designing workshops; returning to Crested Butte and running his own private school and two-week workshops; identifying as an international artist; his exhibition and show history; his relationship with galleries; self-publishing jewelry and metalsmithing technique books; working in series; finding inspiration through various means and the great diversity in his work over the past 30 years; the materials he has worked in over the years, including labradorite, silver, copper, titanium, and gold; his use of traditional hand tools; his studio space; working intuitively without drawings; the creative stimulation found in Taos, N.M.; his admiration of the work of Eduardo Chillida, Aldo Calò, Constantin Brancusi and Isamu Noguchi; traveling and teaching experiences in the Czech Republic, Austria, the Arctic, South Korea, and other locations; and plans for future travel. O'Connor recalls Klaus Ulrich, Reinhold Reiling, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Harold O'Connor (1941- ) is a goldsmith in Salida, Colorado. Dinah Zeiger (1947- ) is an art historian from Denver, Colorado.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hrs., 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:
Goldsmiths -- Colorado -- Interviews  Search this
Metal-workers -- Colorado -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.oconno07
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw942e6bb7e-d6cc-4ccc-8e1f-5a3cbb9d7dc0
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-oconno07
Online Media:

René Lalique, Georg Jensen : 15. Juni-25. August 1991

Subject:
Lalique, René 1860-1945  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
31 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
France
Denmark
Date:
1991
[1991]
Topic:
Glassware  Search this
Art objects  Search this
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK5142 .R399 1991
NK5142.R399 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424845

Oral history interview with Irena Brynner

Interviewee:
Brynner, Irena  Search this
Interviewer:
Fisch, Arline M.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Craft Students League -- Faculty  Search this
Metal Arts Guild  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Faculty  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Society of North American Goldsmiths  Search this
Bergman, Franz  Search this
Campbell, David Robert, 1907-1963  Search this
Daniels, Grete  Search this
De Patta, Margaret, 1903-1964  Search this
Faber, Aaron  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur, 1866-1935  Search this
Jeremias, Trudy  Search this
Renk, Merry, 1921-2012  Search this
Resnikoff, Florence Lisa Herman  Search this
Rosene, Caroline Gleick, 1907-  Search this
Stackpole, Ralph, 1885-1973  Search this
Winston, Robert, 1915-  Search this
Extent:
67 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 April 26-27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Irena Brynner conducted 2001 April 26-27, by Arline M. Fisch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Brynner's home and studio, New York, New York.
Brynner speaks of her childhood in Vladivostok in Primorski Krai, Russia; her artistic family including her cousin Yul Brynner; fleeing from Russia to Darian (on the southern tip of the Liaotung peninsula, in the Kwantung Leased Territory of Manchuria); her art studies in Lausanne, Switzerland; her father's illness during World War II; moving with her mother to San Francisco in 1946; her studies with Ralph Stackpole and Franz Bergman in San Francisco; her relationship with architect Frank Merwin; teaching art in Catholic schools in San Francisco; her decision to make jewelry after seeing Claire Falkenstein's sculpture; working as an apprentice to Caroline Rosene and Franz Bergman; forming the Metal Arts Guild with Bob Winston, Merry Renk, Florence Resnikoff, Margaret De Patta, and others; and introducing forging and three-dimensional jewelry in the Metal Arts Guild. She also talks about her move to New York City in 1957; acting as her own agent; "open-air art shows" in San Francisco; her first show at Walker & Eberling; starting her own shop; teaching at the Craft Students League and at MoMA's Institute of Modern Art, at Victor D'Amico's invitation, circa 1962; her friendships with students and clients; her book, "Jewelry as an Art Form" (New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979) and its influence; learning to work with a Henes water welder; the treatment of women artists in America; her move to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1972, and the difficulties of starting a shop there; and her return to New York and reestablishing her career in the United States. Brynner also discusses her interest in singing, her voice lessons, her public performances of Russian classical music, and her health.
She comments on the intuitive development of her jewelry; the influence of Margaret De Patta; learning wax techniques from Bob Winston at Mills College; her progression from geometric to organic forms; her large-scale sculpture; her invention of "wrap-around earrings"; her use of niobium in the 1980s; drawing inspiration from Antonio Gaudi, Alberto Jaccometti, and others; involvement with the community of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area; the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); craft periodicals; her exhibitions at the Little Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Musée de l'horlogerie et de l'émaillerie in Geneva, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and others; her work in museum collections; serving as a juror; and writing her memoir. Brynner recalls Georg Jensen, Grete Daniels, Trudy Jeremias, Aaron Faber, David Campbell, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Irena Brynner (1917-2003) was a jeweler from New York, New York. Arline M. Fisch (1931- ) is a metalsmith from San Diego, California.
General:
Originally recorded on 4 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 41 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:
Painters -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Printmakers -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Illustrators -- New Jersey -- Roosevelt  Search this
Topic:
Women artists  Search this
Women painters  Search this
Women printmakers  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brynne01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw95c304fce-983c-4d4f-95d4-8c5bfadff677
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brynne01
Online Media:

Georg Jensen : an artist's biography / by L.C. Nielsen

Author:
Nielsen, Laurits Christian 1871-1930  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. : ill., port. ; 22 cm
Type:
Electronic resources
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1921
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J54 N66 1921
NK7198.J54N66 1921
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_244533

Georg Jensen Silversmithy : 77 artists, 75 years / Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts

Author:
Renwick Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1980
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.G38 A4 1980X
NK7198.G38 A4 1980X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_128630

Georg Jensen holloware : the Silver Fund collection / David A. Taylor, Jason W. Laskey

Title:
Silver Fund collection
Author:
Taylor, David A  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Laskey, Jason W  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
404 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
2003
C2003
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History--Themes, motives  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 T39 2003
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_742369

Georg Jensen Jewelry / edited by David A. Taylor

Author:
Taylor, David A  Search this
Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
350 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2005
Topic:
Silver jewelry  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 G46 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_772451

Georg Jensen and modern Danish silver / Louisa Waxman Bann

Author:
Waxman Bann, Louisa  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
[4], 35, [9] leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Manuscripts
Place:
Denmark
Copenhagen
Date:
1985
[1985?]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Silverware  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Call number:
NK7158.J54 W39 1985
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_523086

Georg Jensen : a tradition of splendid silver / Janet Drucker

Title:
Tradition of splendid silver
Author:
Drucker, Janet  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
318 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1997
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History--Themes, motives  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_532541

Georg Jensen and the silversmiths / Georg Jensen

Author:
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Royal Copenhagen Japan Ltd  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
94 p. : ill ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Copenhagen
Date:
1988
[1988]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Silverware  Search this
Silversmiths  Search this
Call number:
NK7158.C78 G34 1988
NK7158.C78G34 1988
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_436226

Georg Jensen : the Danish silversmith

Author:
Møller, Jørgen 1918-  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
74 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 x 26 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1984
1984]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 M72 1984
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468244

Georg Jensens sølvsmedie, København 1923 : grand prix San Francisco 1915, grand prix Rio de Janeiro 1923, medaille d'or Brüssel 1910, diplom d'honneur Gent 1913

Author:
Georg Jensen & Wendel  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935 Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
[24] p. : ill., port. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1923
1923]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 G34 1923
NK7198.J4G34 1923
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_314872

Georg Jensen silver

Author:
Georg Jensen & Wendel (Copenhagen, Denmark)  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen & Wendel (Copenhagen, Denmark) Catalogs  Search this
Physical description:
14 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1928
1928?]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7158 .G34 1928
NK7158.G34 1928
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_315296

Georg Jensens sølvsmedie gennem fyrretye aar, 1904-1944

Author:
Reventlow, Christian Ditlev  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
46 p. illus., col. plate, ports. (1 col.) 22 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1944
1944?]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 R46X 1944
NK7198.J4R46X 1944
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_394940

Sølvsmeden Georg Jensen, af Ivan Munk Olsen

Author:
Olsen, Ivan Munk  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Physical description:
95, [1] p. incl. plates, port., facsim. 26 x 20 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1937
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J54O5
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_100365

Fifty years of Danish silver in the Georg Jensen tradition

Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
72 p. illus. 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
1955
1955?]
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Call number:
NK7158 .J54
NK7158.J54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_75599

Georg Jensen : silver & design / Thomas C. Thulstrup

Author:
Thulstrup, Thomas C  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
215 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
2004
C2004
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History  Search this
Call number:
NK7198.J4 T48 2004
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_912406

Jensen silver / Nancy N. Schiffer and Janet Drucker ; photography by Douglas Congdon-Martin

Title:
American designs
Author:
Schiffer, Nancy  Search this
Drucker, Janet  Search this
Congdon-Martin, Douglas  Search this
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Subject:
Jensen, Georg Arthur 1866-1935  Search this
Georg Jensen sølvsmedie, A/s  Search this
Physical description:
192 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Denmark
Date:
2008
C2008
20th century
Topic:
Silverwork--History--Themes, motives  Search this
Silverwork--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_958089

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