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Oral history interview with Ruth Duckworth, 2001 April 27

Interviewee:
Duckworth, Ruth, 1919-2009  Search this
Duckworth, Ruth, 1919-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Subject:
DeVore, Richard  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Leach, Bernard  Search this
McKinnell, James  Search this
McKinnell, Nan  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Vergette, Nicholas  Search this
Westphal, Alice  Search this
Central School of Arts and Crafts (Birmingham, England)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
University of Chicago  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12764
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)226964
AAA_collcode_duckwo01
Theme:
Craft
Women
Chicago's Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_226964
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Oral history interview with Ruth Duckworth

Interviewee:
Duckworth, Ruth, 1919-2009  Search this
Interviewer:
Trapp, Kenneth R.  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Central School of Arts and Crafts (Birmingham, England)  Search this
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of Chicago -- Faculty  Search this
DeVore, Richard, 1933-2006  Search this
Larsen, Jack Lenor  Search this
Leach, Bernard, 1887-1979  Search this
McKinnell, James  Search this
McKinnell, Nan  Search this
Moore, Henry, 1898-1986  Search this
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Vergette, Nicholas, 1923-1974  Search this
Westphal, Alice  Search this
Extent:
67 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 April 27
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ruth Duckworth conducted 2001 April 27, by Kenneth R. Trapp, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the studios of Smithsonian Productions, Washington, D.C.
Duckworth speaks of her early life and the time prior to her family leaving Germany; the decision to leave Germany in 1936 due to Hitler and the War; acclimating herself to England; attending Liverpool School of Art; WWII in England and the psychological effects of working in munitions factories; her nervous breakdown and seven years of therapy; her beginning to sculpt; her first exhibition of sculpture in London; her marriage and life with Aidron; difficulties in being an outsider in the world of art, specifically speaking about being a woman in sculpture; her first meeting with Lucie Rie; the devastation she felt after her brother died; attendance at the Hammersmith School of Art and not feeling her place there; switching to Central School of Arts and Crafts; her first job teaching ceramics at the Central School; learning the technique of glazing; visiting museums in London; how poetry nourished her during those early years, specifically the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke; the selling of her first pieces, "pieces that wouldn't sell"; the art scene in London; how the opportunity at the University of Chicago arose; her experience at the University of Chicago, an academic institution rather than a fine arts school; her first big show in the U.S. at the University in 1965; her graduate and undergraduate students; life as a foreigner in the U.S.; the opportunity to teach at the University of Iowa but becoming an associate professor at the University of Chicago instead; the cultural movement and ceramics movement in the U.S. during the 1960's; how her work changed from European influences to American influences; departments in art that were very unfriendly to women; her association with James and Nan McKinnell; her excursions and teaching trips across the U.S. as well as in Canada and Israel; her trip with Aidron across the U.S. and then their eventual separation; her friendship with Alice Westphal and the creation of the gallery Exhibit A; the unconscious changes in her work; her views on stoneware versus porcelain; Jack Lenor Larsen's summer show and the artists she met through that; her relationship with American museums versus European; unfortunate events at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; her continued feelings as an outsider but acceptance in later life as an artist, more so from the ceramic community than from the museum community; publications and catalogues of her work; the influences other artists have had upon her work; the limited use of color in her work; her collection of bones; her love of gardening; her sketches; the therapy coiling clay does for her; her projects at the moment; where she gets her ideas from; how she sees herself fitting in versus not fitting in; her speech at an international symposium in Amsterdam; what she would include in a retrospective of her artwork; her hopes to have her work be therapeutic to viewers and cause them to contemplate it; more thoughts on color; American culture; what matters most to her right now and that is saving the Earth; wishing to continue with her work and have a better relationship with museums. Ruth Duckworth recalls, Henry Moore, Bernard Leach, Nellie Barr, Virginia Ferrari, Hardy Schlick, Richard DeVore, Nicholas Vergette, Jane Goodall and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Ruth Duckworth (1919-2009) was a sculptor and clay artist from Chicago, Illinois. Kenneth Trapp (1943- ) is curator-in-charge at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 DAT tapes. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 29 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:
Ceramicists -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Sculptors -- Illinois -- Chicago  Search this
Topic:
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramics -- Technique  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Women ceramicists  Search this
Women sculptors  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.duckwo01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9ca1c4ade-d6e9-445d-9c02-f69f07b60d14
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-duckwo01
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Tate St Ives : summer 2009

Title:
Alfred Wallis / Lucie Rie / Barbara Hepworth / Lawrence Weiner / Carol Bove / Bojan Sarcevic / Katy Moran
Summer 2009 : Alfred Wallis, Lucie Rie, Barbara Hepworth, Lawrence Weiner, Carol Bove, Bojan Sarcevic, Katy Moran
Author:
Childish, Billy  Search this
Cooper, Emmanuel  Search this
Read, Herbert 1893-1968  Search this
Mullins, Edwin 1933-  Search this
Herbert, Martin  Search this
Gronlund, Melissa  Search this
Hughes, Sara  Search this
Tate Gallery St Ives  Search this
Subject:
Moran, Katy 1975-  Search this
Hepworth, Barbara 1903-1975  Search this
Bove, Carol 1971-  Search this
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Wallis, Alfred 1855-1942  Search this
Šarčević, Bojan  Search this
Weiner, Lawrence 1942-  Search this
Physical description:
7 volumes : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2009
Call number:
N1493.5.A5 T38 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1099410

Dan Flavin, to Lucie Rie and Hans Coper, master potters : December 18, 2017-February 4, 2018, Vito Schnabel Gallery, St. Moritz

Author:
Flavin, Dan 1933-1996  Search this
Vito Schnabel Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Flavin, Dan 1933-1996  Search this
Rie, Lucie Influence  Search this
Coper, Hans 1920-1981 Influence  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2018
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1096174

Modern pots : Hans Coper, Lucie Rie & their contemporaries : the Lisa Sainsbury Collection / Cyril Frankel ; photographs by James Austin

Title:
Hans Coper, Lucie Rie & their contemporaries
Hans Coper, Lucie Rie and their contemporaries
Lisa Sainsbury Collection
Author:
Frankel, Cyril  Search this
Subject:
Coper, Hans 1920-  Search this
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Sainsbury, Lisa Art collections  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 30 cm
Type:
Catalogs
Place:
England
London
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Pottery--Private collections  Search this
Pottery, English  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_626918

Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, and their pupils : a selection of contemporary ceramics illustrating their influence / Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Author:
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts  Search this
Adeane Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Rie, Lucie Exhibitions  Search this
Coper, Hans 1920- Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
NK4210.R5 S13 1990
NK4210.R5S13 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_428920

Lucie Rie = Gendai Igirisu tōgeika : Rūshī Rī ten / directed by Issey Miyake ; edited by Ikutaro Itoh ... [et al.]

Author:
Miyake, Issei 1938-  Search this
Itō, Ikutarō 1931-  Search this
Subject:
Rie, Lucie Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
120 p. : ill. (some col.), ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
England
Date:
1989
C1989
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Women potters--Exhibitions  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.R548 A4 1989
NK4210.R5 M59 1989
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_468188

Lucie Rie; a retrospective exhibition of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, 1926-1967, organized by the Arts Council

Author:
Digby, George Wingfield 1911-1989  Search this
Arts Council of Great Britain  Search this
Subject:
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Physical description:
32 p. 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1967
Call number:
NK4210.R5W5X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_314916

Lucie Rie / Tony Birks

Author:
Birks, Tony 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Rie, Lucie 1902-  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Date:
1987
Topic:
Women potters--Biography  Search this
Call number:
NK4210.R54 B617 1987
NK4210.R54B617 1987
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_339976

Lucie Rie : a survey of her life and work / edited by John Houston with photographs by David Cripps

Author:
Houston, John  Search this
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Subject:
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Physical description:
92 p., 32 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
Call number:
NK4210.R54 A4 1981
NK4210.R54A4 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_244777

Lucie Rie. Hans Cooper. [Catalogus] Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 16 april-11 juni, 1967; Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, 24 juni-13 augustus, 1967

Author:
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Coper, Hans 1920-  Search this
Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen  Search this
Gemeentemuseum Arnhem  Search this
Physical description:
33 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1967
1967]
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK4200 .R54
NK4200.R54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_124866

Lucie Rie - Hans Coper : Keramik / Ausstellung im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 30. August bis 4. Oktober 1972 : Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Februar/März 1973

Author:
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Coper, Hans 1920-  Search this
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg  Search this
Justus Brinckmann Gesellschaft  Search this
Physical description:
39 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1972
Topic:
Pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK4200 .R54
NK4200.R54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_89264

Utsuwa = U-tsu-wa / [hensha 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT]

Title:
うつわ = U-tsu-wa / [編者21_21 DESIGN SIGHT]
Author:
Rie, Lucie  Search this
Lee, Jennifer  Search this
Gamperl, Ernst  Search this
Tūwan tūwan dezain saito inku  Search this
Physical description:
1 v. (unpaged) : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2009
Topic:
Art pottery  Search this
Call number:
NK3930 .U92 2009
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_975624

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