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Oral history interview with Fred Meyer, 1982 May

Interviewee:
Meyer, Fred, 1922-1986  Search this
Meyer, Fred, 1922-1986  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Kansas City Art Institute  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13267
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212339
AAA_collcode_meyer82
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212339
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Ronald H. Pearson, 1979 May 31-1981 Nov. 23

Interviewee:
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes), 1924-1996  Search this
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes), 1924-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Pearson, Ralph M.  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Artisans -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Silversmiths -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11953
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215197
AAA_collcode_pearso79
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_215197
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Betty Woodman, 2003 April 22 and 29

Interviewee:
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Perreault, John, 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Brown, Elenita  Search this
Carlson, Cynthia  Search this
Hamada, Shōji  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Kushner, Robert  Search this
Leach, Bernard  Search this
Serra, Richard  Search this
Shark, Bud  Search this
Voulkos, Peter  Search this
Woodman, George  Search this
Bellagio Study and Conference Center  Search this
Centre internationale de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques (Marseille, France)  Search this
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum  Search this
Fabric Workshop  Search this
Girl Scouts of the United States of America  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
University of Colorado  Search this
Boulder (Colo.).. Parks & Recreation Department  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Boulder (Colo.)
India -- description and travel
Mexico -- description and travel
Netherlands -- description and travel
Topic:
Airplanes -- Models  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Screen process printing  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Women  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13297
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)245771
AAA_collcode_woodma03
Theme:
Craft
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_245771
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Wendell Castle, 1981 June 3-December 12

Interviewee:
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13011
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212038
AAA_collcode_castle81
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212038
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Tage Frid, 1980 June 24-1982 February 22

Interviewee:
Frid, Tage, 1915-2004  Search this
Frid, Tage, 1915-2004  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Wegner, Hans J.  Search this
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Artisans -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Architecture & Design  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11852
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212052
AAA_collcode_frid80
Theme:
Craft
Architecture & Design
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_212052
Online Media:

Frans Wildenhain papers, circa 1890-1991

Creator:
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Subject:
Wildenhain, Marguerite  Search this
Herzger, Walter  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Photography  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5582
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)215734
AAA_collcode_wildfran
Theme:
Craft
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_215734
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan, 1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16

Interviewee:
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F  Search this
Subject:
Clayter, Frederick  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12961
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214564
AAA_collcode_brenna79
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_214564
Online Media:

Hobart E. Cowles papers, 1924-1980

Creator:
Cowles, Hobart E., 1923-1980  Search this
Cowles, Hobart E., 1923-1980  Search this
Subject:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
Type:
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Interviews
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks  Search this
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)7533
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)209692
AAA_collcode_cowlhoba
Theme:
Sketches & Sketchbooks
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_209692

Hobart E. Cowles papers

Creator:
Cowles, Hobart E., 1923-1980  Search this
Names:
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Interviews
Date:
1924-1980
Summary:
The papers of ceramicist and educator Hobart E. Cowles measure 2.5 linear feet and date from 1924-1980. The collection sheds light on Cowles's career through personal papers, writings and notebooks, professional files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and one video recording.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of ceramicist and educator Hobart E. Cowles measure 2.5 linear feet and date from 1924-1980. The collection sheds light on Cowles's career through personal papers, writings and notebooks, professional files, printed material, photographs, artwork, and one video recording.

Personal papers include resumes, an interview transcript, a video recording of a documentary on Cowles, and correspondence. Writings and notebooks include course notebooks, papers, and more pertaining to Cowles's undergraduate and graduate work, and an annotated outline for a slide presentation given by Cowles.

Professional files primarily deal with exhibitions, Cowles's years teaching at R.I.T., and his involvement with professional organizations.

Printed materials consist of articles and newspaper clippings, book excerpts, exhibition ephemera from solo and group shows, and an advertisement for a workshop conducted at R.I.T. Photographs are of Cowles and his family, his artwork, and events including organizational gatherings, exhibitions, and teaching at R.I.T.

Artwork consists of 5 sketchbooks as well as loose sketches and designs for various projects.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged as 6 series.

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1924-1980 (Box 1; 11 folders)

Series 2: Writings and Notebooks, 1947-1980 (Box 1-2; .8 linear feet)

Series 3: Professional Files, 1948-1980 (Box 2; .5 linear feet)

Series 4: Printed Material, 1947-1980 (Box 2; 10 folders)

Series 5: Photographs, 1924-1980 (Box 2-3; 9 folders)

Series 6: Artwork, 1947-1980 (Box 3, OV 4; 6 folders)
Biographical / Historical:
Hobart E. Cowles (1923-1980) was a ceramicist and educator in Rochester, New York. He was an early experimenter with the firing of clay and is credited with playing an important role in the introduction of chemistry to clay processes.

Cowles, who was originally from Madison, Ohio, earned a BFA in ceramics from Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, Georgia, in 1949, and completed his MFA at Ohio University in 1950. Cowles subsequently began teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts, working alongside Frans Wildenhain. He taught courses in glaze chemistry and ceramic history at R.I.T up until his death in 1980.

Cowles began showing his work, predominantly boxes, lidded jars, and sculptures decorated with self-designed glazes, almost immediately upon his arrival in Rochester. Although he went on to have his work featured in group exhibitions around the world, including at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and at the Brussels Worlds Fair, he focused primarily on his craft and his teaching throughout his career.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Barbara Cowles, Hobart Cowles's widow, between 1981-1982.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact References Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Educators -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sketchbooks
Video recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Hobart E. Cowles papers, 1924-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cowlhoba
See more items in:
Hobart E. Cowles papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-cowlhoba

Oral history interview with Betty Woodman

Interviewee:
Woodman, Betty, 1930-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Perreault, John, 1937-2015  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Bellagio Study and Conference Center  Search this
Boulder (Colo.).. Parks & Recreation Department  Search this
Centre internationale de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques (Marseille, France)  Search this
Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum  Search this
Fabric Workshop  Search this
Girl Scouts of the United States of America  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
University of Colorado -- Faculty  Search this
Brown, Elenita  Search this
Carlson, Cynthia, 1942-  Search this
Hamada, Shōji, 1894-1978  Search this
Higby, Wayne  Search this
Kozloff, Joyce  Search this
Kushner, Robert, 1949-  Search this
Leach, Bernard, 1887-1979  Search this
Serra, Richard, 1938-  Search this
Shark, Bud  Search this
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002  Search this
Woodman, George, 1932-  Search this
Extent:
5 Items (Sound recording: 5 sound files (2 hr., 55 min.), digital wav)
69 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
Boulder (Colo.)
India -- description and travel
Mexico -- description and travel
Netherlands -- description and travel
Date:
2003 April 22 and 29
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Betty Woodman conducted 2003 April 22 and 29, by John Perreault, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in New York, New York.
Woodman speaks of frequent moves with her family during her childhood; her father's woodworking skills; gaining an interest in arts and crafts at four when she made a tablecloth with crayon drawings; attending summer camps, including Girl Scout Camp, where she participated in arts and crafts activities; being the first girl to take shop in her middle school; making model airplanes for air raid wardens during World War II; her interest in making functional objects; her introduction to clay and hand-building in high school; attending the School for American Craftsmen in New York City; collaborating with fellow students; her early desire to be a "craftsperson and not an artist"; her work with silk-screen fabric for The Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia and glass at CIRVA in Marseille, France; teaching at the University of Colorado and the City of Boulder Recreation Department; working at the European Ceramic Work Center in Den Bosch, Holland, and the Bellagio Study Center in Italy; her studios in New York, Colorado, and Italy; her travels to India, The Netherlands, and Mexico; living in New Mexico, New York, Colorado, and Italy; her business Roadrunner Pottery in New Mexico with partner Elenita Brown; collaborative projects with Joyce Kozloff, Cynthia Carlson, Bud Shark, Judith Solodkin, and her husband George Woodman; developing a following in New York; how being a woman has affected her work and how she enjoys working with other women artists; the change of market for American crafts; Italian, Greek, and Etruscan influences; teaching experiences; the importance of getting reviews in art magazines; and the strong support from her husband George, a painter. Betty Woodman recalls Lynn Feelyn, Olan Wassen, Bernard Leach, Peter Voulkos, Shoji Hamada, Bob Kushner, Richard Serra, Wayne Higby, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Betty Woodman (1930-2018) was a ceramist from New York, New York. John Perreault (1937- ) is an independent critic and curator from New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 55 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:
Airplanes -- Models  Search this
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ceramics -- Study and teaching  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Glass art  Search this
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Screen process printing  Search this
Women artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Function:
Artists' studios
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.woodma03
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-woodma03

Oral history interview with Fred Meyer

Interviewee:
Meyer, Fred  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Cranbrook Academy of Art  Search this
Kansas City Art Institute  Search this
Rochester Institute of Technology  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files Sound recording, digital, wav file)
34 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1982 May
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Fred (Frederick R.) Meyer conducted 1982 May, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Meyer speaks of his art activities as a youth in Wis.; his training at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; and his teaching positions at Cranbrook, the Kansas City Art Institute, the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, N.Y., and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Biographical / Historical:
Fred Meyer (1922-1986) was a painter, sculptor, and educator of Scottsville, N.Y. Full name Frederick R. Meyer.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 2 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 others.
Topic:
Painters -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.meyer82
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-meyer82

Oral history interview with Ronald H. Pearson

Interviewee:
Pearson, Ronald H. (Ronald Hayes), 1924-1996  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Pearson, Ralph M., 1883-1958  Search this
Extent:
34 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
1979 May 31-1981 Nov. 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Ronald H. Pearson conducted 1979 May 31-1981 Nov. 23, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Pearson discusses his early training in design from his father, Ralph Pearson, an artist and writer; his education in political science at the University of Wisconsin; World War II duty in the merchant marine; training at the School for American Craftsmen; early exhibitions; and development of production pieces.
Biographical / Historical:
Ronald H. Pearson (1924-1996) was a silversmith from Deer Isle, Me.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel and 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 55 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Silverwork  Search this
Handicraft  Search this
Artisans -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Silversmiths -- Maine -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.pearso79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-pearso79

Oral history interview with Tage Frid

Interviewee:
Frid, Tage  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
Rhode Island School of Design  Search this
School for American Crafts  Search this
Wegner, Hans J., 1914-  Search this
Extent:
167 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1980 June 24-1982 February 22
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Tage Frid conducted 1980 June 24-1982 February 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Frid speaks of his training in Denmark; his early career; his apprenticeship in a woodworking shop in Copenhagen; craft education and production in the 1930s in Denmark; his work in interior design; his work under Hans Wegner in the 1940s; teaching positions at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, N.Y. and the Rhode Island School of Design; the development of an extensive design practice in New York state in the 1950s; his involvement as an exhibitor and juror; private commissions; and mass productions.
Biographical / Historical:
Tage Frid (1915-2004) was a designer, craftsman, and educator from Foster, R.I.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels as 6 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hrs., 28 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Topic:
Artisans -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Design  Search this
Designers -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- Rhode Island -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.frid80
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-frid80

Oral history interview with Harold James Brennan

Interviewee:
Brennan, Harold James, 1903-1989  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Clayter, Frederick  Search this
Extent:
3 Items (sound files, digital, wav file)
36 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Harold J. Brennan conducted 1979 Sept. 5 and 1982 Feb. 16, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.
Brennan discusses his architectural and art historical training at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and at Harvard University in the 1930s; his artistic training in metalwork; the highlights of his career; and his role in the development of the School for American Craftsmen. He mentions Louis C. Tiffany and Frederick Clayter.
Biographical / Historical:
Harold J. Brennan (1903-1989) was a crafts administrator and educator.
General:
Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette and 1 sound tape reel. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 25 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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:
Arts administrators -- Interviews  Search this
Artisans  Search this
Topic:
Handicraft -- United States  Search this
Metal-work  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.brenna79
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-brenna79

Oral history interview with Wendell Castle

Interviewee:
Castle, Wendell, 1932-2018  Search this
Interviewer:
Brown, Robert F.  Search this
Names:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Esherick, Wharton  Search this
Extent:
145 Pages (Transcript)
1 Item (sound file (2 min. 21 sec.) Audio excerpt, digital)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1981 June 3-December 12
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Wendell Castle, conducted 1981 June 3-December 12, by Robert F. Brown, in Scotsville, New York, for the Archives of American Art.
Castle speaks of his early work, in Kansas, in industrial design and sculpture; the transition he made in the early 1960s from sculpture to furniture design; teaching furniture design at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester, New York; Wharton Esherick; the importance of creative design and sound workmanship; exhibitions and commissions; current interest in French 18th Century and Art Deco furniture; the evolution of his work from laminated pieces to an elegant style; and efforts to gain fine art status for his furniture.
Biographical / Historical:
Wendell Castle (1932-2018) was a furniture designer, sculptor, and educator from Rochester, New York. He taught at the School for American Craftsmen and Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 5 hr., 27 min.
Provenance:
These interviews are 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 others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Occupation:
Furniture designers -- New York (State)  Search this
Educators -- New York (State)  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State)  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts -- United States  Search this
Design, Industrial  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.castle81
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-castle81

Frans Wildenhain papers

Creator:
Wildenhain, Frans, 1905-1980  Search this
Names:
School for American Crafts  Search this
Herzger, Walter, 1901-1985  Search this
Wildenhain, Marguerite  Search this
Extent:
8.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Date:
circa 1890-1991
Summary:
The papers of ceramicist, sculptor, and educator Frans Wildenhain measure 8.2 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 1991. The papers document his career in Europe and the United States through biographical material, correspondence, diaries and notebooks, writings and notes, subject files, project files, printed material, three mixed media scrapbooks, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic materials.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of ceramicist, sculptor, and educator Frans Wildenhain measure 8.2 linear feet and date from circa 1890 to 1991. The papers document his career in Europe and the United States through biographical material, correspondence, diaries and notebooks, writings and notes, subject files, project files, printed material, three mixed media scrapbooks, artwork and sketchbooks, and photographic materials.

The bulk of Wildenhain's correspondence is from family and friends including Walter Herzger and Marguerite Wildenhain. Twelve diaries and notebooks include general diary entries but may include notes on art, sketches, kiln logs, and designs. Of note is a diary kepy by Wildenhain during his drive from New York City to Guerneville, California upon his arrival in the United States in 1937. Project files contain records relating to four murals completed by Wildenhain on the east coast. Three scrapbooks contain clippings, exhibition materials, and photographs concerning his teaching career at the School for American Craftsmen and exhibitions. Eleven sketchbooks date from the 1930s to 1979 and mostly contain pencil sketches. Photographs depict Wildenhain, family, his wives Marguerite, Marjorie, and Lili, homes, studios, exhibitions, and works of art by Wildenhain and others.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 10 series.

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1930-circa 1980 (Box 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1895-1981 (Box 1; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Diaries and Notebooks, 1930-1978 (Box 1-2; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, 1940-1980 (Box 2-3; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 5: Subject Files, 1951-1985 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Project Files, 1950-1975 (Box 3, 10; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 7: Printed Material, 1930-1991 (Box 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)

Series 8: Scrapbooks, 1934-1965 (Box 4; 0.3 linear feet)

Series 9: Artwork and Sketchbooks, 1930-1979 (Box 4-5, 11; 1.0 linear feet)

Series 10: Photographs, circa 1890-1979 (Box 5-11; 3.1 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Frans Wildenhain (1905-1980) was a German-born ceramicist, sculptor, and educator active in Rochester, New York.

Wildenhain was born in Leipzig, Germany to a family of craftsmen. He began his study of art with drawing and design. For formal training, he enrolled at the Bauhaus where he studied in the pottery studio with Gerhard Marcks, Max Krehan, and his future wife, Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain. The Wildenhains moved to Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany to teach at the State School of Applied Art.

In 1933, due to Marguerite's Jewish ancestry, they moved to the Netherlands and set up a studio called Het Kruikje (Little Jug). Marguerite later emigrated to the United States however Frans was unable to follow. He moved to Amsterdam but was drafted into the German Army which he deserted. He followed Marguerite to the United States in 1947 after a seven year separation.

Upon his arrival in the United States, Frans drove from New York City to Geurneville, California where Marguerite had settled at an artist colony, Pond Farm. Their marriage did not last and Frans Wildenhain accepted a position at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He stayed in that position for over twenty years. He co-founded a cooperative gallery called Shop One, in Rochester, New York.

In 1952, he married Marjorie McIlroy and after her death, married Elisabeth (Lili) Brockkardt.

Franz Wildenhain was a Guggenheim Fellow and exhibited his works around Europe and the United States. His pottery is included in the collections of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Smithsonian Institution, Luther College, and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Related Materials:
The Archives of American Art also holds an oral history interview of Frans Wildenhain conducted 1978 April 10-1979 July 28, by Robert Brown for the Archives of American Art; the Marguerite Wildenhain papers, 1930-1982; a Frans Wildenhain grant application, 1974 for the National Endowment for the Arts; Letters from Frans Wildenhain to Virginia Cartwright Katz, 1968-1979; Robert Johnson slides of works by Frans Wildenhain, circa 1978; the Kitty C. L. Fischer papers relating to Frans Wildenhain, 1940-1981; and an interview with Elisabeth (Lili) Wildenhain conducted 1995 August 22, by Robert F. Brown. Also found are the Ron Meyers papers relating to Frans Wildenhain, circa 1967-1979; the Roy Cartwright letters from Frans Wildenhain, 1966-1979; and the Gerhard Marcks letters from Frans Wildenhain, 1950-1979 on reel 2435.
Provenance:
Elisabeth Wildenhain donated her husband's papers in 1989 and 1998.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Ceramicists -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Sculptors -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- Rochester  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Scrapbooks
Drawings
Sketchbooks
Interviews
Citation:
Frans Wildenhain papers, circa 1890-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.wildfran
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-wildfran

Craft in America : celebrating two centuries of artists and objects / Jo Lauria and Stephen Fenton ; prologue by Jimmy Carter

Author:
Lauria, Jo  Search this
Fenton, Steve  Search this
Physical description:
320 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
United States
Date:
2007
C2007
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_830726

Frans Wildenhain, 1950-75 : creative and commercial American ceramics at mid-century / Bruce A. Austin ; photography by A. Sue Weisler ; with essays by Jonathan Clancy and Becky Simmons

Title:
Creative and commercial American ceramics at mid-century
Frans Wildenhain, 1950-1975
Author:
Austin, Bruce A. 1952-  Search this
Simmons, Becky  Search this
Clancy, Jonathan  Search this
Subject:
Wildenhain, Frans 1905-1980  Search this
Wildenhain, Frans 1905-1980  Search this
Johnson, Robert Bradley  Search this
School for American Craftsmen Faculty  Search this
School for American Craftsmen History  Search this
Shop One (Rochester, N.Y.) History  Search this
Physical description:
ix, [1], 245 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 27 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Interviews
Typefaces (Type evidence)
Place:
New York (State)
Rochester
Date:
2012
C2012
20th century
Topic:
Art pottery  Search this
Art pottery, American  Search this
Modernism (Art)  Search this
Art--Marketing--History  Search this
Verlag  Search this
Arno Pro  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1021595

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