Digging for Clay in the Archives of American Art


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.