Digging for Clay in the Archives of American Art

January 16 to April 4, 2003
Exhibited in the Archives’ New York Research Center

This exhibition presents a selection of letters, writings, photographs, interviews and other primary sources documenting American artists working in clay.

The Archives of American Art’s focus on clay is part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, an unprecedented initiative to document the life and work of Americas leading craft artists, made possible through a grant from Nanette L. Latiman.

During this five-year project, the Archives will record and transcribe 100 oral history interviews with key figures in American craft. The grant also supports a national campaign to collect the papers of prominent artists working in clay, glass, metal, wood, and fiber. The Laitman project is realized in association with the Museum of Arts and Design.

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Digging for Clay in the Archives of American Art

Laura Andreson at wheel trimming a pot

Laura Andreson at wheel trimming a pot, ca. 1940

Creator: Imogen Cunningham

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Sketches of Pots

Sketches of Pots, 1961?

Creator: Laura F. Andreson

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Glazebook #7

Glazebook #7, ca. 1939

Creator: Laura F. Andreson

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Laura Andreson at UCLA

Laura Andreson at UCLA, ca. 1962

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Vivika and Otto Heino

Vivika and Otto Heino, ca. 1979

Creator: Laura F. Andreson

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Beatrice Wood to Laura Andreson

Beatrice Wood to Laura Andreson, 1979 Nov. 5

Creator: Beatrice Wood

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Frans Wildenhain to Peter Schneider.

Frans Wildenhain to Peter Schneider., ca. 1979

Creator: Frans Wildenhain

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Frans Wildenhain to Lois Moran.

Frans Wildenhain to Lois Moran., 1978 Mar. 16

Creator: Frans Wildenhain

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Frans Wildenhain's kiln log

Frans Wildenhain's kiln log, 1971-1979

Creator: Frans Wildenhain

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Postcard image of Frans Wildenhain's Pottery in Holland

Postcard image of Frans Wildenhain's Pottery in Holland, ca. 1933

Creator: Frans Wildenhain

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Frans Wildenhain, Tashiko Takaezu, and Paul Soldner

Frans Wildenhain, Tashiko Takaezu, and Paul Soldner, 1965

Creator: Miami Herald Publishing Company

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William Wyman to Bernard Leach

William Wyman to Bernard Leach, 1961 Sept. 12

Creator: William Wyman

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Marilyn Levine to William Wyman

Marilyn Levine to William Wyman, 1978 Aug. 8

Creator: Marilyn A. Levine

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William Wyman

William Wyman, 1966 Apr. 27

Creator: William Wyman

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William Wyman

William Wyman, circa 1950

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Val M. Cushing to William Wyman.

Val M. Cushing to William Wyman., 1964 Mar. 3

Creator: Val M. Cushing

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William Wyman at work

William Wyman at work, ca. 1970

Creator: William Wyman

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R. J. Hunt to Robert Chapman Turner

R. J. Hunt to Robert Chapman Turner, 1973 Feb. 20

Creator: R. J. Hunt

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The Ceramist as Social Critic

The Ceramist as Social Critic, between 1973 and 1982

Creator: Robert Chapman Turner

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Robert Chapman Turner

Robert Chapman Turner, ca. 1965

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Glazes and Colorants

Glazes and Colorants, ca. 1957

Creator: Toshiko Takaezu

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Anne Smith to Dorothy Weiss

Anne Smith to Dorothy Weiss, 1984 Sept. 29

Creator: Anne M. H. Smith

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Annette Corcoran design for a teapot

Annette Corcoran design for a teapot, circa 1984

Creator: Annette Corcoran

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Annette Corcoran to Dorothy Weiss

Annette Corcoran to Dorothy Weiss, 1984 Dec. 5

Creator: Annette Corcoran

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The Teapot

The Teapot, 1984 Nov. 29

Creator: Dorothy Weiss Gallery

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Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss.

Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss., 1998 Apr. 23

Creator: Lela Autio

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Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss

Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss, 1987 Sept. 5

Creator: Lela Autio

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Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss

Lela Autio to Dorothy Weiss, 1986 June 16

Creator: Lela Autio

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Rudy Autio to Dorothy Weiss

Rudy Autio to Dorothy Weiss, 1985 Oct. 11

Creator: Rudy Autio

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Jun Kaneko's storeroom ; Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, and Rudy Autio

Jun Kaneko's storeroom ; Jun Kaneko, Peter Voulkos, and Rudy Autio, circa 1990

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Rudy Autio

Rudy Autio, 1987 June 4

Creator: Bruce S. Rose

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Juta Savage letter to Dorothy Weiss

Juta Savage letter to Dorothy Weiss, 1984 Oct. 6

Creator: Juta Savage

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Don Reitz in studio

Don Reitz in studio, 1988 or 1989

Creator: Don Reitz

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"Open Letter to Bernard Leach", 1953

Creator: Marguerite Friedlaender Wildenhain

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Bernard Leach letter to Warren MacKenzie

Bernard Leach letter to Warren MacKenzie, 1961 Sept. 25

Creator: Bernard Leach

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"Once Upon A Time A Man Named Peter Voulkos", 1962 Feb. 3

Creator: Bernard Pyron

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Clay/work in Honduras

Clay/work in Honduras, 1965

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Robert Chapman Turner to Frans Wildenhain

Robert Chapman Turner to Frans Wildenhain, 1958 May 5

Creator: Robert Chapman Turner

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William Wyman to Massachusetts College of Art

William Wyman to Massachusetts College of Art, 1966 Apr. 27

Creator: William Wyman

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