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Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan

Interviewee:
Saylan, Merryll B., 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn  Search this
Creator:
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
Names:
American Association of Woodturners  Search this
California State University, Northridge -- Students  Search this
International Turned Objects Show (1988 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles -- Students  Search this
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
Blunk, J. B., 1926-2002  Search this
Cooper, Michael Jean  Search this
Evans, Ralph  Search this
Foy, George  Search this
Fredell, Gail  Search this
Glaser, Jerry  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy, 1952-  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003  Search this
Stubbs, Del  Search this
Weir-Quiton, Pamela  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording: 7 compact discs (6 hr., 9 min.), digital, 2 5/8 in.)
116 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- description and travel
France -- description and travel
Guatemala -- Description and Travel
Hong Kong -- Description and Travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Philippines -- Description and Travel
Date:
2006 May 20-June 5
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Merryll Saylan conducted 2006 May 20-June 5, by Glenn Adamson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, England.
Saylan speaks of her childhood in Los Angeles, California; her early musical education in piano and viola; memories of World War II; her family's political views during the Cold War; meeting her first husband at UCLA; dropping out of school to move to Virginia and Georgia in fulfillment of her husband's military service; experiencing anti-Semitism in Georgia; the challenges of her eldest son's speech problems; traveling to France, Japan, Guatemala, Hong Kong and the Philippines; her interest in Japanese culture; completing her B.A. in design at UCLA and her M.A. in studio art at California State University, Northridge; anti-Vietnam sentiment on campus; early interests in environmental design; her second husband and his friends; her interest in furniture and woodworking; differing approaches to woodworking on the east and west coasts; her views on feminism and working women; her use of color and texture in woodworking; teaching experiences; popular perception of her work; receiving a grant to go to England and her involvement with English and German woodturners; the lack of collector interest in her work; forced absences from working because of illnesses; serving on the boards of the American Association of Woodturners and The Woodturning Center; her involvement in the International Turned Objects Show, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Biannual Exposition, and the International Turning Exchange; her thoughts on future work. Saylan also recalls George Foy, Bob Stocksdale, Michael Cooper, Pamela Weir-Quiton, Joanne Rapp, J.B. Blunk, Marvin Lipofsky, Gail Fredell, Wendy Maruyama, Ralph Evans, Del Stubbs, Jerry Glaser, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Merryll Saylan (1936- ) is a wood artist from San Rafael, California. Glenn Adamson (1972- ) is a museum professional, in London, England.
General:
Originally recorded on 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 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:
Woodworkers -- California  Search this
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Environmental engineering  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Turning -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.saylan06
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw935cef910-0ce6-49cb-a74d-2d2735b3f08e
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-saylan06
Online Media:

Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan, 2006 May 20-June 5

Interviewee:
Saylan, Merryll B., 1936-  Search this
Interviewer:
Adamson, Glenn, 1972-  Search this
Subject:
Blunk, J. B.  Search this
Cooper, Michael Jean  Search this
Evans, Ralph  Search this
Foy, George  Search this
Fredell, Gail  Search this
Glaser, Jerry  Search this
Lipofsky, Marvin  Search this
Maruyama, Wendy  Search this
Rapp, Joanne  Search this
Stocksdale, Bob  Search this
Stubbs, Del  Search this
Weir-Quiton, Pamela  Search this
American Association of Woodturners  Search this
California State University, Northridge  Search this
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America  Search this
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Woodstock School of Painting  Search this
International Turned Objects Show (1988 : Philadelphia, Pa.)  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Place:
England -- description and travel
France -- description and travel
Guatemala -- description and travel
Hong Kong -- description and travel
Japan -- Description and Travel
Philippines -- description and travel
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan, 2006 May 20-June 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Decorative arts  Search this
Environmental engineering  Search this
Feminism and art  Search this
Furniture making  Search this
Furniture making -- Study and teaching  Search this
Turning -- Study and teaching  Search this
Women artists  Search this
Woodwork  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Theme:
Craft  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)13576
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)260467
AAA_collcode_saylan06
Theme:
Craft
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_260467
Online Media:

Nesting Eggs and Goblet

Artist:
Del Stubbs, born Red Bluff, CA 1952  Search this
Medium:
tulipwood, rosewood, desert ironwood, lignum vitae, ebony, boxwood and bone
Dimensions:
A: 1 x 1/2 in. (2.5 x 1.3 cm) B: 1/2 x 7/16 in. (1.3 x 1.1 cm) C: 1/4 x 3/16 in. (0.6 x 0.5 cm) D: 3/16 x 1/8 in. (0.5 x 0.3 cm) E: 1/8 x 1/16 in. (0.3 x 0.2 cm) F: 1/32 in. (0.1 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1979
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kay Sekimachi in memory of Bob Stocksdale
Object number:
2008.27A-F
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk71173814e-a4ea-4a69-b163-cb720bb65943
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2008.27A-F

Turned Wood Vase

Artist:
Del Stubbs, born Red Bluff, CA 1952  Search this
Medium:
claro walnut
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 3 1/4 in. diam (25.1 x 8.2 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1979
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Del Stubbs in honor of his teacher Paul English
Object number:
2003.2
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7244a7a67-fd14-46d3-bbd0-1903516c9859
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2003.2

Almond Bowl

Artist:
Del Stubbs, born Red Bluff, CA 1952  Search this
Medium:
almond
Dimensions:
2 1/8 × 12 3/4 × 12 1/8 in. (5.4 × 32.4 × 30.8 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1984
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
Object number:
2003.22.1
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk78c5ad15f-df4f-4cd9-a4e2-38466bab377a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2003.22.1

Claro Walnut Box with Desert Ironwood Inlay

Artist:
Del Stubbs, born Red Bluff, CA 1952  Search this
Medium:
claro walnut and desert ironwood
Dimensions:
2 x 3 1/4 in. diam. (5.1 x 8.3 cm)
Type:
Decorative Arts
Crafts
Date:
1982
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance
Object number:
2003.22.2A-B
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Renwick Gallery
On View:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk7cd4e38a5-9f91-4ccd-bed4-2c29dc7f713d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_2003.22.2A-B

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