Oral history interview with Gerald Williams, 1978 February 22-1979 April 19

Williams, Gerald , b. 1926
Editor, Potter
Active in Goffstown, N.H.

Size: 3 sound tape reels ; 5 in.

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound tape reels. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 23 min.

Collection Summary: An interview of Gerald Williams conducted 1978 February 22-1979 April 19, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Williams speaks of his boyhood in India; his travails as a pacifist during World War II; his decision to become a potter; his early work; his apprenticeship to John Butler in 1951; the influence upon him of Edwin and Mary Scheier; and the development of the cone firing process and stoneware forms during the 1950s and 1960s.

Biographical/Historical Note: Gerald Williams (1926- ) is a sculptor, potter, and editor from Goffstown, N.H.

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.

Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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