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Oral history interview with John Stephenson, 1981 August 3

Stephenson, John, 1929-


Collection Information

Size: 76 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 3 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 3 hr., 24 min.

Summary: An interview of John Stephenson conducted 1981 August 3, by Mary Chris Rospond, for the Archives of American Art.
Stephenson speaks of his family, educational and military background; his study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art; influences on his work; experiences in Japan; teaching at the University of Michigan; his methods; his sources of inspiration; and the future of ceramics.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Stephenson (1929- ) is a sculptor and educator from Ann Arbor, Michigan.


This interview is part of the Archives' 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.

Language Note

English .


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.

How to Use This Collection

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with John Stephenson, 1981 August 3. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.