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Don Reitz Papers, circa 1935-2015

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , circa 1935-2014
0.9 Linear Feet
Box 1

Biographical material includes diplomas, yearbooks, and ephemera related to Don Reitz's education, enrollment in the military, life events, and various professional affiliations. Also included are resumes and artist profiles in the form of videorecordings.
Description Container Select
Letter of Vaccination, circa 1935
1
1
Yearbook, Belvidere High School, 1947
1
2
Diploma, Belvidere High School, 1948
1
3
Garment Patches (Varsity and Military), circa 1945-1950
1
4
Yearbook, Shuuf: U.S.S. Maury, AGS-16, circa 1952
1
5
Diploma, Kutztown State Teachers College, 1957
1
6
Yearbook, The Kanakadea, Alfred University, 1962
1
7
Diploma, Master of Fine Arts, Alfred Univeristy, 1963
1
8
Alumni Association, Kutztown State College, 1964
1
9
Military Ephemera, circa 1950-1952
1
10
Passports, circa 1988-2010
1
11
Name Tags and Buttons, circa 1955-2001
1
12
Memberships, circa 2010
1
13
Business Cards, circa 1950s - 1990s
1
14
Awards and Certificates, 1942-2007
1
15
Birthday and Teaching Retirement, 1986
1
16
Resumes, circa 1986-2001
1
17
Photographic Biography with Resume, 1974
1
18
Clay, with Don Reitz Hudson Video Productions, circa 1970
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
19
Artist Profile on Don Reitz, Red Rock TV, Sedona, 1998
2 videocassettes (vhs)
1
20
Don Reitz: Art and the Search for Truth, circa 1997
3 videocassettes (vhs)
1
21
Funeral and Obituaries, circa 2014
1
22

Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1951-2014, bulk 1940-2014
1.6 Linear Feet
Boxes 1-3

Correspondence is comprised primarily of received mail and email with various professional and personal contacts, with some original faxes and email from Reitz to others. Also included are letters of recommendation covering a broad period of Reitz's career as an instructor, as well as holiday and greeting cards. Correspondence with Yukio Yamamoto includes letters of recommendation and video and sound recordings, indicative of the ongoing rapport betweem Reitz and the Yamamotos.
Description Container Select
A, circa 1984-2010
1
23-24
Rudy and Lele Autio, circa 1989-2011
1
25
B, circa 1983-2008
2
1-2
C, circa 1981-2003
2
3
D, circa 1984-2004
2
4
E, circa 1990-2006
2
5
F, circa 1970-2002
2
6
G, circa 1981-2000
2
7
Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, circa 2003-2005
2
8
H, circa 1985-2006
2
9
I, circa 1999-2006
2
10
J, circa 1998-2009
2
11
K, circa 1991-2006
2
12
L, circa 1985-2007
2
13
M, circa 1979-2013
2
14-15
N, circa 1984-2012
2
16
NCECA, circa 1994-1995
2
17
O, circa 1990-2006
2
18
P, circa 1979-2012
2
19
R, circa 1990-2007
2
20
S, circa 1986-2010
2
21-22
T, circa 1985-2008
2
23
U, 1994
2
24
V, circa 1985-2005
2
25
W, circa 1984-2009
2
26
Y, 1992-1998
2
27
Yukio Yamamoto, circa 1986-2009
Includes 1 videocassette (vhs), 1 sound cassette
2
28-29
Z, circa 1990-2005
3
1
Unidentified or First Name Only, circa 1996-2012
3
2
Letters of Recommendation, circa 1973-2004
3
3-6
Holiday and Greeting Cards, circa 1960s-2014
3
7-9
Postcards, circa 1951-2010
3
10
Business Cards and Addresses, circa 1970s-2014
3
11

Series 3: Writings and Lectures , circa 1970-2012
2 Linear Feet
Boxes 3-5

Writings and lectures consist of various written and recorded materials by or about Don Reitz, in addition to Reitz's readings and writings by friends on other topics including fiction and poetry. Included are video and sound recordings of talks given by Reitz, interviews, as well as supporting presentation materials including digital slide presentations. In addition to the notebooks and loose notes found in the Notebooks subseries, there are recorded notes captured by Reitz while riding in the car in the form of sound recordings.
3.1: Artist Statements, Articles, and Lectures, circa 1970-2010
Description Container
Artist Statements, circa 1970s-2010
3
12
"Salt Glaze" for Crafts Horizon, circa 1971
3
13
Essay , circa 1990
3
14
"Drawing from the Heart", 1985
3
15
"Out of a Need", circa 1990s
3
16
Jim Tanner Exhibition Endorsement, circa 1990s
3
17
Article for Kerammeiki Techni, 2004
3
18
Slide Lecture (Oct. 1991), 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
19
NCECA Closing Address (Mar. 2003), circa 2003
Includes 1 videocassette (vhs), 1 sound cassette
3
20-21
Greek Paper (Feb. 2004), 2004
2 sound cassettes
3
22
Voulkos Award, Holter Museum of Art (Aug. 2005), 2005
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
23
Historical Powerpoint, 2007
0.201 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER01
"Craft at the Limits" panel, Getty Research Insitute and Maloof Foundation (May 2007), circa 2007
3
25
Proxy Conference Presentation (June 2009) Digital Video Recording, 2009
1.3 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER02
Reitz at the Renwick, circa 1990s
1 videocassettes (vhs)
3
27
Lecture, circa 1990s
4
1-2
Artist Talk , circa 1990s
1 sound cassette
4
3
Lectures, circa 1980-2010
4
4
Lecture Images, circa 2007
4
5
3.2: Interviews, 1971-2011
Description Container
Article by Catherine Brawer, Ceramics Monthly(March, 1971), 1971
4
6
"Teaching and Shaping, Art and Life" Interview by James van Deurzen, 1986
4
7
Don Reitz Interview by Jack Troy, 1993
4
8
Catherine Brawer Interviews Don Reitz (Fall 1993), 1993
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
9
Don Reitz Interview, Bonnet Productions, circa 1993
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
10
Responses for Wood-Fire Panel NCECA, 1995
4
11
Don Reitz Interview, Japanese Television , circa 1990-1995
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
12
Don Reitz Interview (Dec. 1996), 1996
4 videocassettes (vhs)
4
13-14
"A Teaching Legacy" Interview with Don Reitz by Jody Clowes, circa 2003-2004
Includes 1 sound cassette
4
15-16
Don Reitz Interview with Doug Haynes (May 2005), 2005
1 videocassettes (vhs)
4
17
"A Beachside Chat" featuring Don Reitz and John Balistreri, Digital Video Recording, 2011
1.35 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER03
3.3: Notebooks, circa 1970-2012
Description Container
Recorded Notes, circa 1990s
2 sound cassettes
4
19
Notebook, circa 1980s-1990s
4
20-23
Notebook, circa 1980s-1990s
5
1-5
Notes, circa 1970s-1990s
5
6
Planners, 1999-2000, 2012
5
7
3.4: Writings by Others, circa 1970-2011
Description Container
Readings in Ceramics (Bibliography), circa 1970
5
8
Artist Profile for Don Reitz by Debbie Klosowski, circa 1980
5
9
Poem, Essay by Daniel Dahlquist, circa 1984
5
10
Article by Steve Groark, 1985
5
11
"The Color of Don Reitz" by Linda Jantzen, 1987
5
12
"Clay Feat: Conversations with Don Reitz" by Chris Wardenburg , circa 1980s
5
13
Poem, Book Chapter by Tom Crawford, circa 1990
5
14
Writings by Leigh Irvin, circa 1994
5
15
Poem by Jack Madison, 2005
5
16
Lecture by Roald Hoffmann, Elvehjem Museum, 2005
5
17
Essays by Peter Held, circa 2007, 2011
5
18
Various Writings, circa 1970s-2000
5
19

Series 4: Workshops and Performances , circa 1972-2008
0.7 Linear Feet
Boxes 5-6

Workshop and performance files contain various material related to select instructional events led by Don Reitz, including planning documents, promotional materials, and contracts, as well as videorecordings.
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American Craft Council, circa 1972
4 videocassettes (vhs)
5
20-21
N.H. Potters Guild (Jan. 1987), 1987
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
22
University of Wisconsin Center (Apr. 1987), 1987
3 videocassettes (vhs)
5
23
NAU Clay AZ Flagstaff (Mar. 1989) , circa 1989
Includes 1 videocassette (vhs)
5
24-25
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, circa 1990
5
26
North Posey High School (Feb. 1993), circa 1992-1993
5
27
Ohio Valley Art League (W.C. Handy) (Apr. 1993), circa 1993
5
28
Yavapai College , circa 1994
Includes 3 videocassettes (vhs); includes born-digital records, see ER04
5
29-30
Yavapai College, Don Reitz Performance (Mar. 1994) Digital Video Recordings, 2011
5.36 Gigabytes
2 computer files
ER04
Anderson Ranch Arts Center (June 1994), 1994
6
1
Voulkos, Melchert, Reitz, Callas, Yukio, Caffery, circa 1990s
2 videocassettes (vhs)
6
2
Reitzagama: An Inside View of Wood Firing Digital Video Recording, circa 2003
2.85 Gigabytes
1 computer file
ER05
Reitz-Balistreri Workshop, "Clay on the Wall" Symposium, Texas Tech University (Jan. 2008), circa 2007-2008
6
4
Various Workshops, circa 1996-2005
6
5

Series 5: Studio Records , circa 1965-2010
0.3 Linear Feet
Box 6

Studio materials include technical files regarding the construction and operation of kilns other equipment, as well as glaze and slip specifications. In addition there are administrative files regarding the planning of the Reitz Ranch, grant applications, and the Don Reitz website and residency.
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Burners, Pyrometers, Fans, circa 1965-1967
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6
Reitz Potter's Wheel, circa 1970
6
7
Kiln Instructions, circa 1970s-1980s
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8
Slip, Glaze Specifications, circa 1970s-1990s
6
9
Supplies, circa 1970s
6
10
Table of Raw Materials and Oxides, circa 1970s
6
11
Specifications, "Top Loading Downdraft Soft Brick Fiber Top Kiln", circa 1980s
6
12
Materials and Production Instructions, circa 1980s
6
13
St. Petersburg Clay Co. Salt Kiln, circa 2002
6
14
Project Plans, Sycamore Canyon Artist's Corral, circa 1994-1995
6
15
Don Reitz Website, circa 2004
6
16
Grant Application, Ceramic Sculpture Wall, Arizona Commission on the Arts, circa 1994
6
17
Grant Application, NEA Craftsman Fellowships, circa 1982-1984
6
18
Grant Application, Virginia A. Groot Foundation, circa 1989
6
19
Don Reitz Residency in the Arts, Reitz Foundation, circa 2010
6
20

Series 6: Galleries and Exhibitions , circa 1966-2014
1.5 Linear Feet
Boxes 6-7

Gallery and exhibition files include planning documents, agreements, and some video documentation for select exhibitions of Reitz's work. Also included are files reflecting ongoing business with particular galleries, as well as inventories related to the valuation and sale of Reitz's artwork.
6.1: Exhibition Files, circa 1966-2013
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Reshaping the Tradition Greenwich Pottery House (May 1987), circa 1986-1987
6
21
Oslo International Ceramic Symposium (June 1990), circa 1989-1990
6
22
Group Exhibition, Himeji Castle Hotel, Japan (Mar. 1993), 1993
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
23
University of Wisconsin Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Elvehjem Museum of Art (Dec. 1994-Jan. 1995), circa 1994
6
24
Group Show, Japan (Apr. 1997), 1997
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
25
Wood-Fired Ceramic at Hard Work University Boger Gallery, College of the Ozarks (Oct. 1997), 1997
6
26
Ceramic National 2000 Everson Museum of Art (Oct. 2000 - Jan. 2001), circa 2000-2001
6
27
Masters in Clay Jordan River Arts Center (Feb. - Mar. 2001), circa 2001
6
28
Campienda La Tierra Chandler Museum Wall Installation (July 2001), circa 2000-2001
Includes 2 videocassettes (vhs)
6
29-30
Solo Show, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg (Mar. - Apr. 2000), circa 2000
6
31
Art to Use: Functional Clay Thirteen Moons Gallery (Nov. 2004-Jan. 2005), circa 2003-2005
6
32
Don Reitz: Clay, Fire, Salt, and Wood Elvehjem Museum of Art (Mar. - June, 2005), circa 2005
6
33
Trial By Fire American Museum of Ceramic Art (Feb. - Mar. 2006), circa 2006
6
34
Ceramics Laura Russo Gallery (Mar. 2006), circa 2005-2006
6
35
Ceramics: Fire and Ash Fuller Craft Museum (Sep. 2007 - Jan. 2008, circa 2007
6
36
Don Reitz, Maynard Tischler, Martha Daniels Sandra Phillips Gallery (Sep. - Nov. 2008), circa 2008-2012
6
37
Yunomi Ivitational, Art, Architecture, Design (Feb. 2007), circa 2007
6
38
Regis Masters Series Exhibition and Lecture, Northern Clay Center, circa 2006-2007
6
39
Ceramic Sculpture: Fire and Ash Fuller Craft Museum (Sep. 2007-Jun. 2008), circa 2007-2008
6
40
University of Wisconsin Art Department Faculty Exhibition, Chazen Museum (Jan. 2008), circa 2007
6
41
Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft MFA Boston (Sep. 2007-Jan. 2008), 2007
6
42
Gulf Coast Connections Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts (Aug. - Oct. 2010), circa 2009
6
43
Don Reitz, Marko Kratohvil Artspace Untitled (Apr. - Jun. 2013), 2013
6
44
Solo Show, Belger Arts Center (May - Sep. 2012), 2012
6
45
Solo Show, Belger Arts Center (Apr. - Jun. 2013), circa 2013
6
46
Joint Exhibition for International Potters, circa 1990s
1 videocassettes (vhs)
6
47
Mounted Wall Work, Commission, circa 2005
7
1
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel mural commission, circa 1983
7
2
Fletcher Brownbuilt Pottery Award, Juror, Auckland New Zealand, circa 1984
7
3
Feats of Clay Lincoln Arts, Juror (May - June 1993), circa 1993
7
4
The Don Reitz Reception and Awards Night, 1985
7
5
Various Exhibitions, circa 1966-2004
7
6
6.2: Gallery Records and Inventories, circa 1984-2014
Description Container
Galleries, Current, circa 1984-2004
7
7
Collectors, circa 1996-2007
Includes born-digital records, see ER06
7
8-9
Collectors, Inventory Images, 2006
0.065 Gigabytes
13 computer files
ER06
Consignments and Loans, circa 1986-2013
7
10
Invoices, circa 1986-1997
7
11
Ceramic Disc Inventory and Pricelist, circa 2007
7
12
Pricelists, circa 2009
7
13
Don Reitz Gallery Pricelist, circa 2013
7
14
Inventories and Checklists, circa 1999-2005
7
15
Inventory, Delta Exhibition, 2006
7
16
Pots Inventory, circa 1998
7
17
Work Images (Inventory), circa 2004
7
18
Prints Inventory , circa 2004
7
19
2006 Inventory, 2006
7
20-22
Anagama Wood Fired Inventory, circa 2007
7
23
Inventory, circa 2007
7
24
Inventory, circa 2012
7
25
Untitled Image and Inventory Binder, circa 2012-2013
7
26
Don Reitz Portfolio, circa 2005
7
27
Art Under a Hot Tin Roof Gallery, circa 2003
7
28
Belger Arts Center/Red Star, circa 2010-2014
7
29
Bentley Gallery, circa 2012-2013
7
30
Connell Gallery, circa 1997
7
31
Gail Severn Gallery, circa 2000
7
32
Habitat/Venture Gallery, circa 1985
7
33
Lawrence Gallery, circa 1985
7
34
Maureen Littleton Gallery, circa 2001
7
35
Select Art Gallery, 1995-1997
7
36
Udinotti Gallery/Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, circa 2004-2007
7
37

Series 7: Printed Material , circa 1950-2014
1.3 Linear Feet
Boxes 8-9, 12

Printed materials include exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and invitations, as well as press clippings and newsletters. Also included are printed materials related to particular people and organizations, as well as published video and sound recordings.
Description Container Select
Don Reitz Workshops, circa 1981-2009
8
1
Exhibition Catalogs and Pamphlets, circa 1960s-2010
8
2-4
Invitations, circa 1960s-2010
8
5-7
Magazine Features, circa 1970-2001
8
8
Clippings, circa 1950-2014
8
9-12
Clippings, circa 1960-2010
12
1
Newsletters, circa 1966-2010
8
13
NCECA, circa 1994-2010
8
14
Sam Maloof, circa 2005-2010
8
15
Peter Voulkos, circa 1994-2006
8
16
Firing the Dream Kiln: the Art of the Anagama, Bloomburg University, 1998
1 videocassettes (vhs)
9
1
Creativity Manifestation, Wayne Dyer, 2006
1 sound cassette
9
2
Various Printed Material, circa 1950-2010
9
3

Series 8: Photographic Material , circa 1940-2015
2.8 Linear Feet
Boxes 9-13

Photographs depict Don Reitz both in and outside of the studio and workshop setting, in addition to images of various bodies of artwork and images that served as publication illustrations. Also included are photographs from Reitz's childhood, his service in the U.S. Navy, and family life including home videorecordings. There are also photographs of the Reitz Ranch in Arizona and the Reitz Farm in Wisconsin.
8.1: People and Places, circa 1940-2010
Description Container
Reitz in Studio, Workshop, circa 1960s-2010
9
4-5
Reitz in Studio, Workshop, circa 1970s-2010
12
2-4
Reitz Printmaking, 1998
9
6
Workshop, Andersen Ranch, 1994
9
7
Reitz Portrait, circa 1940s-2010
9
8
Reitz Portrait, circa1980s
12
5
Belvidere High School, circa 1946-1948
9
9
Military Photographs, circa 1950
9
10-16
Military Photographs, circa 1950
12
6
Reitz Farm, Wisconsin, circa 1960s-1970s
9
17
Reitz Ranch, Arizona, circa 1980s-1990s
9
18
Reitz in Japan, circa 1989-1994
9
19
Photographs of Others, circa 1960s-2006
9
20
Yukio Yamamoto, Flagstaff Kiln, circa 1980s
9
21
Home Videos, circa 2005-2010
2 videocassettes (minidv)
9
22
Family Photographs, circa 1940s-1950s
9
23
8.2: Artwork, circa 1960-2010
Description Container
Artwork, circa 1960s-2010
10
1
Ceramics, Studio Photography, circa 2010
10
2
Salt Fired, circa 1960s-1970s
10
3
Sara Series, circa 1980s
10
4-5
Pipe Dreams Series, circa 2010
Includes born-digital records, see ER07
10
6-7
Pipe Dreams Series, Inventory and Process Images, 2010
0.065 Gigabytes
33 computer files
ER07
Sara Series (Slides), circa 1987
10
8
Skirted Vessels, Cylinder Vessels, Clamshells (Slides), circa 1965-2001
10
9
Punch Outs (Slides), circa 2001
10
10
Covered Jars (Slides), circa 1980s-1990s
10
11
Tea Stacks, Tea Pot, Tea Bowls (Slides), circa 1970s-1980s
10
12
Wall Mural, School Work (Slides), circa 2001
10
13
Bowls, Platters (Slides), circa 1970-2000
10
14
Early Salt Glaze (Slides), circa 1960s-1970s
10
15
David Smith and Don Reitz Ceramics, circa 2000
10
16
8.3: Albums, circa 1950-2013
Description Container
Oregon State Workshop (Feb. 1974), 1974
10
17
Wall Installation, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, circa 1983
10
18
"The Reitz Stuff" NAU Workshop (Jul. 1985), 1985
13
1
Workshop with Reitz, Voulkos, Yamamoto, Autio, 1992
10
19
Workshop with Reitz, Voulkos, and others, given by Nikki Logan, circa 1998
10
20
Wood Kiln and Reitz in Studio, circa 2000
10
21
Reitz Workshop, given by Brenda Star, 2001
10
22
Campienda La Tierra Installation, 2001
11
1
Boulder Pottery Lab Workshop (Feb. 2003), 2003
11
2
"The Building of the St. Petersburg, FL Kiln Collection" A Photo Documentary by Brian Harper, circa 2003
11
3
Don Reitz: Clay, Fire, Salt, and Wood Elvehjem Museum of Art (Mar.-Jun. 2005), 2005
11
4
Reitz Artwork, Reitz in Studio, circa 2010
11
5
Reitz Workshop, circa 2000
11
6
Reitz Ceramics and Family, given by Nancy Reitz Petersen, circa 2005
11
7
Illustrations for Clowes Essay, circa 2005
11
8
To Don, Maurisse Gray (Firing Memories of St. Pete), 2013
11
9
U.S.S. Maury, circa 1950
13
2

Series 9: Artwork , circa 1980-2012
0.5 Linear Feet
Boxes 11-12

Artwork is comprised primarily of sketchbooks and loose sketches by Don Reitz, some hand colored, in addition to drawings by his niece Sara who inspired the Sara Series of ceramics.
Description Container Select
Sketchbooks, circa 1980s-2012
11
10-14
Sketches, circa 1980s-1990s
11
15-16
Sketches, circa 1980s
12
7
Drawings by Sara, Reitz's Niece , circa 1983-1985
11
17

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.