Marguerite Wildenhain papers, 1930-1982

Wildenhain, Marguerite Friedlaender, b. 1896 d. 1985
Ceramicist
Active in Calif.

Collection size: 3.4 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of ceramicist and educator Marguerite Wildenhain measure 3.4 linear feet and date from 1930 to 1982. Found within the papers are biographical sketches; correspondence with patrons, students, and colleagues, including Eugene Anderson, T. S. Eliot, and Gerhard Marcks; writings by Wildenhain and others; designs for pottery and other artwork; one scrapbook; news clippings, exhibition catalogs, and scattered printed material. Also found are photographs of Marguerite and Frans Wildenhain, Pond Farm, workshops, exhibitions, and artwork, as well as two film reels depicting Wildenhain lecturing and in her studio.

Biographical/Historical Note: Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985) was a ceramist from Guerneville, California. Born in Lyon, France, Wildenhain received training in sculpture at the Berlin School of Applied Arts. She later worked as a designer for the Royal Berlin Porcelain Factory, leaving in 1919 to apprentice in pottery at the Bauhaus, under Max Krehan and Gerhard Marcks. After receiving her degree as master-potter, she was employed at the Municipal School for Arts and Crafts in Halle Saale, Germany. Fleeing the Nazis in 1933, she and her husband, potter Frans Wildenhain, operated a workshop in Holland before immigrating to the United States in 1940. Following her divorce, she established her own workshop at Pond Farm, near Guerneville.

The collection was donated by Marguerite Wildenhain in 1973-1981.

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Also found at the Archives of American Art are the Marguerite Wildenhain exhibition records, 1977-1981, donated by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; an oral history interview of Marguerite Wildenhain conducted 1982 March 14, by Hazel Bray; and the Frans Wildenhain papers, 1890-1986. Additional Marguerite Wildenhain letters to Gerhard Marcks are located at the Archiv fur Buldende Kunst of the Germanisches Museum, Nurnberg, Germany.