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Oral history interview with Marguerite Wildenhain, 1982 March 14

Wildenhain, Marguerite Friedlaender, 1896-1985



Collection Information

Size: 63 Pages, Transcript

Format: Originally recorded on 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 7 min.

Summary: An interview of Marguerite Wildenhain conducted 1982 March 14, by Hazel Bray, for the Archives of American Art.
Wildenhain speaks of her early interest in pottery; studying at the Bauhaus; the Bauhaus philosophy; her apprenticeship as a potter under Max Krehan; studying under Gerhard Marcks; becoming the first woman master potter in Germany in 1926; fleeing the Nazis to Holland; coming to the United States; moving to California and teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts; craftsmanship as a way of life; and her sources of inspiration.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985) was a potter from Guerneville, California.


This interview is 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.

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 Marguerite Wildenhain, 1982 March 14. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.