American Ceramic Tile Art and American Pottery


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From Resource Library in chronological order:






From other web sites:

A Field Guide to the Key Patterns on the Backs of United States Ceramic Tiles, 1870s - 1930s (Expanded and Revised 3rd Edition, 2010) by Michael Padwee. Mr. Padwee also maintained as of May 2013 "a blog about ceramic and terra cotta tiles used in architecture and architectural ornamentation in New York" named Tiles in New York and a site named Historic U.S. Tile Installations, an extensive resource on the subject including a comprehensive listing of further online resources. Mr. Padwee is an historian and collector of United States art tiles. Accessed August, 2015.

American Art Pottery was a 2002 exhibit from Christian Brothers University - Art Gallery. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

American Art Pottery Association website includies recent texts from the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association. Accessed August, 2015.

The American Art Tile, 1880-1940 was a 2012-13 at the Mint Museum, which says: "The decades surrounding 1900 were the golden age of the American art tile. Whether glazed or unglazed, molded in relief or smooth-surfaced, decorative tiles were a popular medium among many affluent consumers wishing to furnish their homes and businesses in the latest fashions. The tiles were used as fireplace surrounds, wall hangings, and for a wide variety of other ornamental purposes, both interior and exterior. Manufacturers across the country produced tiles to satisfy their local clientele and others." Article ncludes a "Mintwiki" with the history of Newcomb Pottery written by Mint docent Edla Holm Brabham. Accessed 11/16 sells a great many of the American art books in print. Amazon has a feature that allows people on the Web to read text inside books. To use this feature, search in "books," then enter title of book. When book is selected go to "look inside" and read sample pages of the book selected, which may include color images of the front cover, front flap, table of contents, excerpt such as the introduction chapter, alphabetical index, back flap and back cover. Also, some books have a word search feature, which enables registered individuals to search inside the books and pull up individual pages containing the selected words. [Click here for more on's project and other digitizing initiatives.] See the following book: Tile Club and the Aesthetic Movement in America by Ronald G Pisano (includes excerpt)

Animal House: Works by Helen Gorsuch and George R. Wazenegger was a 2011 exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Curator Sommer Toffle says: "This exhibition features a compilation of Raku-fired ceramic animals and mixed media wood collage houses and barns. Gorsuch and Wazenegger are the perfect twosome for bringing together hand-built ornate, expressive, human-like, playful animals surrounded by rich, colorful, textural houses, apartments, light houses and barns" Download the exbibit brochure at the exhibition catalogues page. Accessed 11/16

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics was a 2012 exhibit at the Asheville Art Museum, which says: "Celebrating both tradition and contemporary innovation in one of the oldest, ongoing ceramic traditions in the world, Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics focuses on the works of 11 contemporary Cherokee potters." Accessed 11/16

At Home with Roseville Pottery was an exhibit held October 18, 2011 through October 07, 2012 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The museum says: "Roseville Pottery (1890-1954) produced ceramics out of Zanesville, Ohio, for more than sixty years, a testament to the company's ingenuity, creativity, and popular appeal. Most of the Smiths' collection dates from the 1920s to the 1940s, the patterns resonating with the soulful strength of an American public weathering tough economic times." Accessed July, 2014.

Bennett Bean: Be Careful What You Fall in Love With is a 2017 exhibit at the Academy Art Museum which says: "Bennett Bean (1941) is an American ceramic artist....Bean is a quintessential polymath best known as a ceramicist for his treatment of vessels post firing." Also see artist's website Accessed 11/17

By The Sea: Ceramics by Patricia Griffin is a 2017 exhibit at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art which says: " Patricia Griffin is an expressive ceramist whose unique work captures the natural beauty of the Central Coast.... She continues to perfect her individual style and sgraffito technique. Sgraffito (in Italian "to scratch") is produced by applying layers of color to pottery and then scratching off parts of the layers to create contrasting images, patterns, and texture to reveal the clay color underneath." To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see artist's website  Accessed 6/17

The China Painting List is an encyclopedic website compiled by porcelain artist R. Janette Graham which contains links to websites concerning porcelain painting. The site contains a search capability by category and region. Selecting the category "China Painters" for the region "North America" yielded 332 matches as of 2/21/13. Accessed August, 2015.

"The Colorful Story of Malibu Tile" By Ellen Allen, from Redondo Beach Historical Society. Essay excerpt: "The Malibu Tile Works glazing technique was as unique as their tiles. The design's outline was put on the bisque tile to as act as a resist to keep all of the wonderful colors separate. The glazes were not painted on but rather blobbed on with a tool that looked much like a baby rubber bulb nose aspirator." Accessed August, 2015.

Conversations Around the Table: An American Experience was an exhibit held March 6 - October 4, 2015 at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Paul Kotula, Assistant Professor, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and Guest Curator says: "Spanning from the early-twentieth century to the present, the tableware in this two-part exhibition - whether produced in an artist's studio or in a factory - form "conversations" around the currency of key issues in modern American culture. War, economic hardship, and social injustice often brought clarity to the vision of the artists represented here, even if their deliberate desire was to use their objects to celebrate hope, joy, and beauty under difficult circumstances." Accessed August, 2016.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, offered freely online as of 2013 over 25 titles highlighting the Museum's collections, published between 1978 and 1987, including New York Society of Ceramic Arts: 61st Annual Exhibition. Accessed August, 2015.

Corinna Button: Interfaces is a 2017 exhibit at the Hyde Park Art Center which says: "Primarily focused on female portraiture, Button's treatment of the subject often incorporates multiple angles at once, suggesting an uncanny paradox of femininity. Her work portrays women not as exact likenesses but rather as archetypal figures whose personality is only partially exposed to the surface. Over the past four years, Corinna has built an impressive menagerie of iconic sphinxlike women sculptures in the Oakman Clinton School & Studio at the Art Center. The exhibition presents what happens behind the studio doors to the public and expands the discussion of Button's work to a larger audience."  Accessed 6/17

"Dalrymple's D & D Pottery," by James L. Murphy, Roseville Legend, Summer 2006, pp. 1, 6, from the Knowledge Bank, Ohio State University. Includes link to .pdf file. Accessed August, 2015.

"Did Roseville's National Pottery Make Art Ware? The Unanswered Question," by James L. Murphy, Roseville Legend, Fall 2001: 6-7, from the Knowledge Bank, Ohio State University. Includes link to .pdf file. Accessed August, 2015.

Elif Uras: Nicaea was a 2015 exhibit at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Amy Smith-Stewart, curator, says: "Uras's sculptures are made onsite in Iznik, Turkey (originally Nicaea, named after a nymph in Greek mythology), a town celebrated for its tile and ceramic production during the Ottoman Empire. Uras's imagery merges traditional nonfigurative Turkish art with the Western figurative tradition, while also exploring the representation of the female body across cultures." Also see the exhibit brochure in Issuu. Accessed 11/16

Eva Zeisel: The Shape of Life was a 2005-07 exhibit at the Erie Art Museum, followed up by a book on the exhibit. Accessed 11/16

Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina was a 2013 exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art, which says: "This exhibition... celebrates the formative African American vessels and their aesthetic power, while discussing their cultural meanings within a community of Americans that lived under challenging circumstances. Faces that have long stood silent here regain a voice. "Accessed 3/14

Fire and Earth: Native American Pottery from New Mexican Pueblos was a 2013 exhibit at the Bellarmine Museum of Art which says in its press release: "A wide range of styles and forms of traditional and contemporary pottery are on view and include works by noted 20th-century artisans such as Maria and Julian Martinez, Helen Naha, and Robert Tenoria. Historical works from the late 19th and early 20th century are also featured."  Readers may download the Exhibition Catalogue with entries by Jill J. Deupi and Maria Dembrowsky Nigro. Accessed 1/17

"Ford Ceramic Arts Columbus, Ohio," by James L. Murphy, The Journal of the American Art Pottery Association 14, no. 2 (1998): 12-14, from the Knowledge Bank, Ohio State University. Includes link to .pdf file. Accessed August, 2015.

Frankoma Pottery Exhibition, an exhibit held April 20 - October 7, 2012 at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Includes news release. From Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art. Accessed 11/20/14

Historic U.S. Tile Installation Database for both existing and demolished U.S. tile and terra cotta installations from the 1870s through the 1950, organized alphabetically by state. Accessed August, 2015.

HM100: A Century through the Life of Harrison McIntosh was a 2014 exhibit co-produced by Claremont Museum of Art which said: " This American Museum of Ceramic Art exhibition, produced in conjunction with the Claremont Museum of Art, celebrates the life and work of this legendary Claremont ceramic artist on his 100th birthday. HM100 also provide insight into McIntosh's influences and his close relationships with his contemporaries Karl Benjamin, Rupert Deese, James Hueter, and Sam Maloof." Also see AMOCA article. Accessed 10/16

Juliellen Byrne: Cradle, Casket, Boat, an exhibit held May 21 - July 24, 2011 at the Canton Museum of Art. Includes artist statement. Accessed June, 2014

Kukuli Velarde: Plunder Me, Baby is a 2017 exhibit at the American Museum of Ceramic Art which says: "The Plunder Me, Baby ceramic sculptures evoke a childhood memory that has haunted Velarde, of hearing her 16-year-old nanny declare "I don't speak Quechua" (the language of the Inca) in an attempt to hide her indigenous roots." Also see artist's website  Accessed 11/17

Malibu Potteries from Adamson House. Accessed August, 2015.

Malibu tile from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

J. Mark Sublette of Medicine Man Gallery, Inc. has secured permission to reprint online numerous articles concerning Western and Native American art from publishers of several paper-printed magazines. Included are articles on Native American pottery. Accessed August, 2015.

Melissa McGill: Slipside is a 2017 exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center which says: "The creation of Slipside pushed the technical limits of scale for slip-cast ceramics. When McGill's Arts/Industry residency in the Kohler Co. factory began, there was some doubt that these large figures could be made as originally designed, but she was persistent in her efforts to create the forms in one piece. With technical advice from factory artisans, she made molds and repeatedly slip-cast them until she had completed a series of clay figures standing nearly five feet tall." Accessed 1/18

In October 2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art launched MetPublications, an online resource that offers in-depth access to the Museum's print and online publications, covering art, art history, archaeology, conservation, and collecting. Titles relating to American representational art available for free viewing via.pdf download or online reading as of 2013 include: American Porcelain, 1770-1920; Frelinghuysen, Alice Cooney (1989). Accessed August, 2015.

Newcomb Pottery and Arts & Crafts and Shearwater Pottery, Ocean Springs, Mississippi from Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art. Accessed August, 2015.

North Carolina Pottery, an exhibit held 27 January 2012 - 4 March 2012 at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accessed 4/14

Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery is a 2014-15 exhibit at the Dubuque Museum of Art which says: "The exhibition Nude Vases, Cubist Faces: Modernism at Rookwood Pottery from the collection of Riley Humler and Annie Bauer will showcases select works from the Rookwood Pottery Company from 1929, the year that Jens Jacob Herring Krog Jensen joined Rookwood until 1948 when he and his wife Elizabeth Barrett, also a Rookwood decorator, left the company to become independent artists." Accessed 3/17

Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana, an exhibit held June 03 - September 10, 2011 at the Missoula Art Museum. Includes interactive presentation with videos. Accessed March, 2015.

Potteries of California includes biographies of potters and other historic information. Accessed August, 2015.

"Pottery" is an online artcle about the history of art pottery in Collectors Weekly. Accessed August, 2015.

Resurfaced, Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics is a 2015 exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art which says: "The exhibition, Resurfaced, Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics, curated by former Tweed Museum Curator Joan Slack, will be on exhibition from August 19, 2014 through August 1, 2015. Nearly 77 works will be on display representing artists who have earned regional, national and international recognition. Be it through technique, ability to bridge cultures, or educational influence, these potters developed ideas, dialogue, and innovations that would profoundly affect the following generations." Accessed 3/17

Robert Briscoe / Walter Gropius Master Artist Series is a 2013 exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art which says: "For more than 40 years, Robert Briscoe's functional pottery has explored the powerful link between maker and user by emphasizing the integral role that handmade ceramic objects play in savoring some of life's richest experiences." Accessed 3/17

"Rosemeade" by Linda & Bill Bakken, from an article that appeared in WPA Press, Vol. 16, Spring 2003. Accessed November, 2015.

Sculpting Nature -The Favrile Pottery of L.C. Tiffany, an exhibit held February 03, 2004 through January 09, 2005 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Includes Gallery Guide (PDF), Object Guide (PDF). Accessed July, 2014

"The tile detectives," an article by Veronique de Turenne from the Los Angeles Times. Accessed August, 2015.

Through the Eyes of the Pot, a website devoted to southwewst pueblo pottery and culture from Holmes Museum of Anthropology. Accessed August, 2015.

Tile Heritage Foundation which posts on it's Web site issues of its monthly publication "E-News From Tile Heritage" from 2004 to the present. Accessed August, 2015.

Tile Research Articles relating to the history of U.S. tile companies; faience, tile and terra cotta usage in architecture; tile and terra cotta installations, etc. Accessed August, 2015.

Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots, an exhibit held 26 December 2010 - 20 March 2011 at the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accessed 4/14

Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse, an exhibit held May 1 - July 20, 2014 at the Canton Museum of Art . CMA says: "Waylande Gregory (1905-1971) was one of the leading figures in twentieth-century American ceramics, helping to shape Art Deco design. This exhibition is the first retrospective on the artist, highlighting more than sixty works, including paintings, glass and ceramics, most notably four Electrons from his major commission for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair, Fountain of the Atom. ... Waylande Gregory was the first modern ceramist to create large-scale ceramic sculptures. Similar to the technique developed by the ancient Etruscans, he fired his monumental sculptures only once. To create these works of ceramic virtuosity, the artist developed a "honeycomb" technique, in which an infrastructure of compartments was covered by a ceramic "skin." Some of these figurative sculptures weighed well over one ton, and they were fired in a kiln constructed by Gregory at his home studio in Warren, New Jersey." Accessed February, 2016

Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, an exhibit held May 17, 2014 - August 31, 2014 at the Georgia Museum of Art. Includes news releases. Accessed 12/14.

"Zanesville Stoneware Company Closes After 115 Years," by James L. Murphy, Journal of the American Art Pottery Association 18, no. 6 (2002): 12-16. Includes link to .pdf file. Accessed August, 2015.

Arizona Public Media offers a May 27, 2008 video (05:04) on The Pottery Project Explore the art of the potter and the science of the archaeologist as Arizona State Museum celebrates 2,000 years of Native pottery-making traditions in the Southwest. At over 20,000 whole vessels, ASM's collection of Southwest Indian pottery is the world's largest and most comprehensive. Eight years in the making, The Pottery Project features the Arnold and Doris Roland Wall of Pots, the Agnese and Emil Haury Southwest Native Nations Pottery Vault, a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory, and a brand new interpretive gallery. The exhibition, in the new gallery, includes a fully interactive, multi-media Virtual Vault; video interviews with archaeologists and Native potters, and hands-on experiences. Accessed May, 2015.

Georgia Public Broadcasting's State of the Arts is a one-hour arts series that introduced artists and take viewers "behind-the-scenes" for art exhibits. The host, writer and co-producer of the series is Hamilton Northcutt. As of August, 2005 there were streaming video presentations available online covering the first four episodes. Excerpts on American art include "Albany Museum of Art," "Funky Chicken Arts Project," "High Museum: The Art of Romare Bearden," "Jack Leigh," "Mark of the Potter," "The Morris Museum," and "Telfair Museum of Art," Upcoming in September, 2005 is "Zelda Grant, Fabric Artist." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Los Angeles County Museum of Art produced a video titled Color and Fire, available online through ArtBabble. According to ArtBabble, "This video explores the evolution of the 20th century ceramics in interviews with many of the leading figures in the field, including Ruth Duckworth, John Mason, Ron Nagle, Otto Natzler, Richard Shaw, and Betty Woodman. Featuring discussions about Abstract Expressionism, Funk, sculpture, vessels, and the role of ceramics in the art world . These interviews provide fascinating glimpses into the studios, lives, and work of an inspirational group of artists." Accessed June 2015.

Maria Martinez: Notable New Mexican [5:08] Originally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME.Accessed August, 2015.

Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe, has created a YouTube channel of online videos on topics relating to Native American baskets, weavings, pottery and carvings. As of 2015, titles included for pottery:

Accessed May, 2015.

UCTV, a service of the University of California, delivers documentaries, faculty lectures, cutting-edge research symposiums and artistic performances from each of the ten UC campuses: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz: Chaotic Scrutiny: The Low and High in LA Art 5/16/05 [58:51]; You See: The Early Years of the UC Davis Studio Art Faculty 2/4/08 [58:06] [Links found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citations for use by researchers.]


Books (listed by most recent publising date):

A Field Guide to the Key Patterns on the Backs of United States Ceramic Tiles, 1870s - 1930s by Michael Padwee (Expanded and Revised 3rd Edition, 2010)

Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio. By Susan Toomey Frost. Trinity University Press, 2009

The Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Volume 1, Region 1: New England States; Region 2: Mid-Atlantic States. By Norman Karlson. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005. 272 pages

The Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Volume 2, Region 3: Midwestern States. By Norman Karlson. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005. 272 pages

The Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Volume 3, Region 4: South and Southwestern States; Region 5: Northwest and Northern California. By Norman Karlson. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005. 256 pages

The Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Volume 3, Region 4: South and Southwestern States; Region 5: Northwest and Northern California. By Norman Karlson. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005

The Encyclopedia of American Art Tiles, Volume 4, Region 6: Southern California. By Norman Karlson. Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2005

Breaking the Surface: Carved Pottery Techniques & Designs, By Diana F Pardue, Heard Museum. Published by Heard Museum, 2004. Google Books says: "Catalog of an exhibition curated by Diana F. Padue and held at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 2004-Nov. 2005"

Flint Faience Tiles A to Z. By Margaret Carney and Ken Galvas. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004

California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume I. Edited by Joseph A. Taylor. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004

California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume II. Edited by Joseph A. Taylor. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004

Ceramic Tile in 20th Century America. By John J. Sekora. Jersey Shore Publications, 2003

Rookwood Pottery: Over Ten Years of Auction Results 1990-2002. by Treadway Gallery, Inc. (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Association with John Toomey Gallery (Oak Park, Illinois). Paducah, Kentucky: Collector Books, 2003. 272 p

The Jewels of Avalon, Decorative Tiles of Catalina Island. By Larry Harris. Catalina Jewels Publishing Company, 2002

Rookwood and the Industry of Art: Women, Culture, and Commerce, 1880-1913. By Nancy Owen. Published by Ohio University Press; released on March 15, 2001 xiv + 335 pages

Old Florida Pottery: Potters in Paradise, The Collector's Guide to History, Makers and Marks 1859-1966. by Alfred R. Frankel, M.D., [Hardcover - 160 pages, 2000, Blue Dome Press, St. Pete Beach, FL ISBN:0-9672662-0-3]

Art Pottery of America. by Lucile Henzke, (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1999, 368 pp.

Introducing Roseville Pottery. by Mark Bassett, (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1999, 288 pp

American Art Tile 1876-1941. By Norman Karlson. Rizzoli, 1998

Teco: Art Pottery of the Prairie School, By Sharon S. Darling, Richard Zakin. Published 1989 by Erie Art Museum. 191 pages. ISBN:0961662328

Ceramic Art of the Malibu Potteries 1926-1932. By Ronald L. Rindge, et. al. Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1988

Navajo Pottery, By Museum of Northern Arizona, Museum of Northern Arizona. Published by Museum of Northern Arizona, 1987. 32 pages

Frederick Hurten Rhead: An English Potter in America, By Sharon Dale. Published 1986 by Erie Art Museum. 135 pages .ISBN:0961662301

Clay National: An Exhibition of American Clay. Published 1985 by Erie Art Museum. 40 pages

Contemporary Hopi Pottery, By Laura Graves, Laura Graves Allen, Museum of Northern Arizona. Published by Museum of Northern Arizona, 1984. ISBN 0897340558, 9780897340557. 127 pages

Handbook of Northern Arizona Pottery Wares, by Harold Colton. 267 pages. Ams Pr Inc; 1st AMS ed edition (November 1911). ISBN-10: 0404155111. ISBN-13: 978-0404155117

Hold Everything!: Masterworks of Basketry and Pottery from the Heard Museum Collection, By Heard Museum, Jody Folwell. Published by Distributed by Museum of New Mexico Press, 2001. ISBN 0934351678, 9780934351676. 72 pages. Google Books says: "Catalog of a travelling exhibition which was first displayed at the Heard Museum between Nov. 3, 2001 and Mar. 10, 2002."

Hopi and Hopi-Tewa Pottery, By Museum of Northern Arizona, Museum of Northern Arizona. Published by Museum of Northern Arizona, 1977

An Introduction to Hopi Pottery, By Francis H. Harlow, Museum of Northern Arizona, Mark Middleton. Illustrated by Mark Middleton. Published by Museum of Northern Arizona Press, 1978. ISBN 0897340221, 9780897340229. 32 pages

The Roycroft Shops, 1894-1915, By Lynette I. Rhodes. Published 1975 by Erie Art Museum. 20 pages. ISBN:0961662387

A Book for the Curious Painter by Gene Patterson / Ricki Wiersema, date unknown


Journal articles

"The International Tile Company " by Susan Ingham Padwee. Glazed Expressions, Number 38, Spring 1999. The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society. Description: A brief history of the International Tile Company of Brooklyn, NY (1883-c.1891) with illustrations. The ITC was the only U.S. tile company organized and financed in Britain. Accessed August, 2015.

"The Muskingum County Courthouse Floors: A Case Study of England's Role in the Genesis of America's Tile Industry" by Michael Sims. Journal of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society (of Great Britain), Volume 9, 2003. Description: An analysis of English workers' roles in the establishment of a successful U.S. tile company--especially the role of Gilbert Elliott of the American Encaustic Tiling Company in its first years when AET Co. was contracted to manufacture and install the encaustic floor tiles for the Muskingum County Courthouse in Zanesville, Ohio. Accessed August, 2015.


DVD or VHS videos:

American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) is a VHS 10-video series from Crystal Productions which says: "This video series illustrates diverse examples of creativity and provides students with a broad exposure to the potential in each medium. The works of hundreds of outstanding artists also motivates students and offers a foundation for their own work. The images are from the exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the American Craft Museum. The 10 videos in the series include:

Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada. This documentary on the life of potter Beatrice Wood provides a glimpse into her life, loves and influences. Included are rare archival photographs, original artwork, and insightful commentary by art historians and interviews with Beatrice herself. Written and directed by Tom Neff. 93. 55 min. Video/C 8471. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Classic Maria Martinez: Native American Pottery Maker of San Ildefonso, available from the Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe. "Maria Martinez, noted Indian pottery maker demonstrates the traditional Indian ways, beginning with the spreading of corn pollen before clay is gathered. Also shown are the mixing of the clay, construction of pottery, hand decorating and building of the firing mound. This National Park Service film was a winner of CINE Golden Eagle; Certificate of Creative Excellence, U.S. Industrial Film Festival; Certificate Salerno International Film Festival; award second International Craft Film Festival. Running time is 27 minutes, DVD format. Available through the Fine Arts Museum, Santa Fe.

Craft in America. This 2007 DVD from PBS Home Video includes 3 episodes: Memory, Landscape, and Community, shown in widescreen (16x9 aspect ratio). 180 minutes on 1 disc. PBS says: "This program explores the history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on the nation's cultural heritage. "Memory" focuses on the historical relevance of craft through the eyes of several contemporary pioneers in the field. "Landscape" examines the interdependent relationship of craft artists to their media and the natural world. "Community," highlights the social and emotional connections that crafts embody."

Crafting an American Style is a 60 minute DVD from Crystal Productions which says: "Explore the beauty of handmade American crafts by examining the history of the American Arts and Crafts movement from 1900 to the present." Also available on VHS.

Daughters of the Anasazi is a 28 minute video in which "Famed Acoma potter Lucy Lewis and her daughters demonstrate their traditional methods from gathering and processing clay to forming finishing and firing. Emma and Delores explain their work and philosophy. Watching them work is a humbling experience for impatient modern techno-potters! (text courtesy of

Four Hands One Heart: Ed and Mary Scheier is a 46-minute documentary about these ceramicists shown on PBS since 2001. Available through Ken Browne Productions. For online introductory videos, images and project information see <>. Accessed April, 2015.

Maria: Indian Pottery Maker of San Ildefonso is a 27 minute video produced by National Park Service Films and distributed by Interpark, Cortez, CO. Maria Martinez, noted Indian pottery maker demonstrates the traditional Indian ways, beginning with the spreading of corn pollen before clay is gathered. Also shown are the mixing of the clay, construction of pottery, hand decorating and building of the firing mound. Born in 1918 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara and educated at a mission, her artistic talents were encouraged by her teachers. Through her work at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Pablita records the traditions and legends of her ancient people so that future tribal generations may know and understand their heritage. Here we see Pablita mixing her own paints from natural earth- found materials, sketching in the wilderness, teaching young Indian children. She captures on canvas, the essence and ceremonies customs, and present day Pueblo life. Running time is 20 minutes. A great bonus! Total DVD running time 47 min. (text courtesy of

The Meaders Family: North Georgia Potters. 30 minutes. With field research from the late 1970s, this DVD and book represent one of the Smithsonian's earliest studies of American folklife. The project enlivens the history and legacy of North Georgia's "pottery dynasty." Discover the richness and the challenges of a family and a tradition adapting through the 20th and 21st centuries to produce pottery that blends "utility" and "pedigree" with custom and innovation. text courtesy of Facets Multimedia

Visiting...With Huell Howser #1005 - MOSAICS is a 28 minute 2002 video by Huell Howser Productions, which says on its Web site: "You've seen his work all across the Southland. Meet Denis O'Connor master mosaic tile artist, who has created some of the largest and most amazing mosaics in America." In this video, Denis O'Connor creates a large glass tile mosaic mural for St. John Vianney Chapel on Balboa Island, in Newport Brach, CA. Huell follows the creation of the mural in O'Conner's two studios through to its installation in the chapel.

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Note: On May 7, 2007 TFAO wrote to the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY and Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC to inquire about additional VHS/DVD titles to add to the above list.

TFAO extends appreciation to Michael Padwee for suggesting material for this topic.


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