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Oral history interview with Ed Moulthrop

Interviewee:
Moulthrop, Ed, 1916-2003  Search this
Interviewer:
Douglas, Mary F., 1956-  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
Case Western Reserve University -- Students  Search this
Georgia Designer-Craftsmen  Search this
Georgia Institute of Technology -- Faculty  Search this
Library of Congress -- Buildings.  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Princeton University -- Students  Search this
Chappell, Jerry  Search this
Noffke, Gary  Search this
Ruffner, Ginny  Search this
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Extent:
39 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2001 April 2-3
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Ed Moulthrop conducted 2001 April 2-3, by Mary Douglas, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Moulthrop's home and studio, Atlanta, Georgia.
Moulthrop speaks of his childhood in Cleveland; his introduction to woodcarving at age 8; buying his first wood lathe in 1932 at age 16; studying architecture at Western Reserve University and sculpture with Victor Schreckengost; his architecture studies in graduate school at Princeton University; the rejection of crafts or "handmade things" in the 1930s; the use of craft in architecture; the beginning of the craft movement in 1965; the government invention of polyethylene glycol which allowed wood to dry without cracking; his process of soaking wood in polyethylene glycol; teaching architecture at Georgia Tech for ten years; his work with architectural firms in Atlanta and designing an addition to the Library of Congress; selling his first pieces at The Signature Shop & Gallery, in Atlanta, in 1970; the progression of the craft movement from clay, to glass, metal, then wood; the importance of the Albert LeCoff woodturning shop in Philadelphia and conferences sponsored by Coff in the mid-1970s; his full-time pursuit of woodturning in 1975; craft exhibitions at the Mint Museum, High Museum, and American Craft Museum; his exhibitions at Arrowmont; teaching woodturning to his son Philip; his scholarship to make watercolors at Fontainbleu; and his interest in design over technique. He also talks about the work of Bob Stocksdale; the qualities of different woods; major woodturning exhibitions at DIA, the Connell Gallery in Atlanta, and of the Mason collection; the necessity of dealers; galleries including The Hand and The Spirit, Heller Gallery, Gumps, and The Signature Shop & Gallery in Atlanta; woodturning as an American craft movement; the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry; and the Greene Brothers; the strengths and limitations of wood; commissions for museums and corporations; his preference for ellipsoids (squashed spheres) and other shapes; his search for unusual woods, such as American Chestnut, Yellowwood, American Mahogany, and Box Elder; making his own tools and lathe; developing his own polish; his involvement with the Georgia Designer-Craftsmen with Jerry Chappell, Gary Noffke, and Ginny Ruffner; and his invention of the "Saturn Bowl" (a bowl with rings).
Biographical / Historical:
Ed Moulthrop (1916-2003) is a wood turner from Atlanta, Georgia. Mary Douglas (1956- ) is the curator at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, N.C.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 39 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:
Architecture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Sculpture -- Study and teaching  Search this
Woodworkers -- Georgia -- Interviews.  Search this
Turning  Search this
Turning -- Equipment and supplies  Search this
Turning -- Technique  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.moulth01
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-moulth01

Viktor Schreckengost papers, 1933-1995

Creator:
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Subject:
American Limoges China Co.  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Photographs
Sketches
Video recordings
Topic:
Ceramic tableware  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Pottery--Ohio  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11511
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211300
AAA_collcode_schrvikt
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211300
Online Media:

Laurence E. Schmeckebier papers

Creator:
Schmeckebier, Laurence Eli, 1906-1984  Search this
Names:
Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968  Search this
Evergood, Philip, 1901-1973  Search this
Gropius, Walter, 1883-1969  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Lebrun, Rico, 1900-1964  Search this
Meštrović, Ivan, 1883-1962  Search this
Nordhausen, A. Henry, 1901-  Search this
Orozco, José Clemente, 1883-1949  Search this
Refregier, Anton, 1905-  Search this
Rood, John, 1902-1974  Search this
Roysher, Hudson, 1911-  Search this
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Extent:
13.5 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Scrapbooks
Date:
1909-1988
Scope and Contents:
Biographical materials, correspondence, files, notes, writings, art works, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed materials relating chiefly to Laurence E. Schmeckebier's academic career and to his publications.
Professional and personal correspondence with artists, publishers, art historians, museum curators, and students including Adolf Dehn, Philip Evergood, Walter Gropius, George Grosz, Rico Lebrun, Ivan Mestrovic, A. Henry Nordhausen, Jose Clemente Orozco, Anton Refregier, John Rood, Hudson Roysher, and Viktor Schreckengost. Extensive research files relating to published and unpublished writings on A. Henry Nordhausen, Ivan Mestrovic, Mexican art, urban art in Minnesota, German medieval art and other topics contain preparatory notes, drafts, correspondence and photographs of art. Additional files relate to Schmeckebier's academic career, and to the Syracuse University mural project. Also included are appraisals, royalty statements, undergraduate writings, a published Ph.D. dissertation, encyclopedia articles, book reviews, lecture notes, speeches, notes on wood sculpture, transcript of a Latin-American Studies Conference (1943), notes for a book on Boris Margo, and travel notebooks. Three scrapbooks, compiled by Mrs. Schmeckebier and Karen L. Bakke, contain correspondence, sketches, clippings and photographs dating back to Schmeckebier's childhood. There are also loose scrapbook pages from the 1930s; personal photographs; photographs of work; art work by students; and printed materials, including exhibition notices.
An addition of 0.2 linear feet donated 2016 includes an unpublished typescript (photocopy) circa 1982, of a new edition of Schmeckebier's book "John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America" (1943) and correspondence between Schmeckebier's daughter Xenia S. Sterling and Joseph S. Czestochowski, regarding the new edition, 1982-1988; and miscellany.
Biographical / Historical:
Laurence Eli Schmeckebier (1906-1984) was an art historian, educator, administrator, and sculptor in Syracure, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. Schmeckebier was Director and Professor of Art History at The Cleveland Institute of Art, 1946-1954 and Professor of Fine Arts, Dean of the School of Art, Syracuse University, 1954-1971. His publications include: "Handbook of Italian Renaissance Painting", "Modern Mexican Art", "John Steuart Curry's Pageant of America", "Art in Red Wing", "Ivan Mestrovic"' "Sculptor and Patriot", and "The Art of A. Henry Nordhausen".
Provenance:
Donated 1977 by Laurence Schmeckebier. The bulk of the collection was donated 1985-1986 by his children, Peter Schmeckebier, Nina S. Gardner, Xenia S. Sterling, and Marina S. Steinhouse. Additional material donated 2016 by Xenia Schmeckebier Sterling.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Arts administrators  Search this
Educators  Search this
Sculptors  Search this
Topic:
Art in universities and colleges -- New York (State) -- Syracuse  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, American -- New York (State) -- Syracuse  Search this
Mural painting and decoration, Mexican  Search this
Muralists  Search this
Greeting cards  Search this
Function:
Art Schools -- Ohio -- Cleveland
Genre/Form:
Scrapbooks
Identifier:
AAA.schmlaur
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-schmlaur

Interchange [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0043313
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43314

City [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1963*
Image number:
JUL J0043314
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43315

Morning Light on the Riverfront [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1962*
Image number:
JUL J0043315
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43316

Fresh to Clearing [art work] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Artist:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Image number:
JUL J0043316
See more items in:
Photograph Archives
Data Source:
Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_43317

Untitled

Creator:
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Artworks
Date:
between 1929 and and 1954
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7493
See more items in:
Viktor Schreckengost papers, 1933-1995
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7493

Contemporary Design in the Modern Spirit

Creator:
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
between 1930 and 1954
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7494
See more items in:
Viktor Schreckengost papers, 1933-1995
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7494
Online Media:

The American Theme in Dinnerware

Creator:
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Type:
Writings
Date:
between 1929 and 1954
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7495
See more items in:
Viktor Schreckengost papers, 1933-1995
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7495

Viktor Schreckengost letter to Donald Albright

Creator:
Schreckengost, Viktor, 1906-2008  Search this
Albright, Donald  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1936 Jan 23
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)7498
See more items in:
Viktor Schreckengost papers, 1933-1995
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_item_7498

Viktor Schreckengost : American Da Vinci / Henry Adams ; edited by Sunny McClellan Morton

Author:
Adams, Henry 1949-  Search this
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Morton, Sunny McClellan  Search this
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Cleveland Institute of Art  Search this
Physical description:
vii, 213 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
History
Place:
Ohio
Cleveland
United States
Date:
2006
©2006
20th century
21st century
Topic:
Designers  Search this
Industrial design--History  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S362 A4 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1092520

Apocalypse 42, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Subject:
Hitler, Adolf  Search this
Tojo, Hideki  Search this
Mussolini, Benito  Search this
Medium:
Glazed ceramic
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1985.92.1
Date:
1941-1943
Topic:
Animal--Horse  Search this
Allegory--Civic--War  Search this
Portrait male  Search this
Occupation--Military  Search this
Occupation--Political--Dictator  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08581828
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_293656

Glory, Glory, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Medium:
Glazed ceramic
Culture:
African American  Search this
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & G Streets, N.W Washington District of Columbia 20560 Accession Number: 1985.92.2
Date:
1937-1939
Topic:
Figure group--Female  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Voice  Search this
Control number:
IAS 08581829
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_293657

Mastodon, (sculpture)

Title:
Pachyderms, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Fabricator:
Fillous and Ruppel  Search this
Medium:
Glazed terra-cotta
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Mural
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Administration/Maintenance 4101 Fulton Parkway Pachyderm Building entrance Cleveland Ohio 44144
Date:
1955-1956. Dedicated May 13, 1956
Topic:
Animal--Elephant  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87830049
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_298762

Early Settler, (sculpture)

Title:
Johnny Appleseed, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Fabricator:
Perth Amboy Manufacturing Company  Search this
Subject:
Chapman, John  Search this
Medium:
Relief: glazed terra cotta
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Mural
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Administered by City of Lakewood Service Operations 1470 Warren Road Lakewood Ohio 44107
Located Lakewood High School Civic Auditorium entrance Lakewood Ohio
Date:
1954
Topic:
Literature--Character--Appleseed, Johnny  Search this
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Homage--Kirkland, Jared Potter  Search this
Landscape--Tree--Apple Tree  Search this
Animal--Bird  Search this
History--United States--Westward Expansion  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87830050
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_298763

Bird Building Tower, (sculpture)

Title:
Birds of the World, (sculpture)
Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Architect:
Hays, J. Byers  Search this
Fabricator:
Fillous and Ruppel  Search this
Mathiason Brothers  Search this
Architectural firm:
Conrad, Hays, Simpson and Ruth  Search this
Medium:
Terra-cotta, glazed
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Administration/Maintenance 4101 Fulton Parkway Birds of the World Building Cleveland Ohio 44144
Date:
Dedicated Oct. 19, 1950
Topic:
Animal--Bird--Archeoteryx  Search this
Animal--Bird--Hesperornis  Search this
Animal--Bird--Diatryma  Search this
Animal--Bird--Dodo  Search this
Animal--Bird--Eagle  Search this
Animal--Bird--Chicken  Search this
Animal--Bird--Pigeon  Search this
Animal--Bird--Duck  Search this
Animal--Bird--Parrot  Search this
Animal--Bird--Auk  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87830051
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_298764

Mammoth, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Fabricator:
Fillous and Ruppel  Search this
Medium:
Terra cotta
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures-Relief
Sculptures-Architectural component
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Administration/Maintenance 4101 Fulton Parkway Pachyderm Building Cleveland Ohio 44144
Date:
1955-1956. Dedicated May 13, 1956
Topic:
Animal--Mammoth  Search this
Control number:
IAS OH000577
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_334422

Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-century design / Henry Adams

Author:
Adams, Henry 1949-  Search this
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Cleveland Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-  Search this
Physical description:
xvii, 174 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Biography
Exhibitions
Place:
Ohio
Cleveland
United States
Date:
2000
C2000
20th century
Topic:
Designers  Search this
Industrial design--History  Search this
Design--History  Search this
Art  Search this
Call number:
N6537.S362 A4 2000
N40.1.S385 A33 2000
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_613295

Jazz Bowl, (sculpture)

Sculptor:
Schreckengost, Viktor 1906-2008  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Type:
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Princeton University Art Museum Princeton New Jersey 08544 Accession Number: y1968.163
Date:
1920-1929
Topic:
Abstract  Search this
Performing Arts--Music--Jazz  Search this
Control number:
IAS 32040057
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_420704

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