Wildenhain and Her Pond Farm Students
October 3 , 2002 - December 15,
A special exhibition
entitled Ripples: Marguerite Wildenhain and Her Pond Farm
Students will open October 3, 2002. This exhibition is presented
courtesy of the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State
University, San Bernardino. The exhibition, curated by art educator
and ceramist Dr. Billie Sessions, will celebrate the contributions
of Marguerite Wildenhain to the worlds of ceramics and ceramics
education by featuring objects by Wildenhain and selected works
from former students who have since remained active artists.
The public opening reception will
be in conjunction with the Fifth
Annual Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecture to be
held October 8, 2002. The speaker, prominent ceramics historian
Elaine Levin, will discuss Marguerite Wildenhains place in
ceramic history. Ms. Levin also wrote an article for the 132-page
catalogue accompanying the exhibition. Exhibition curator Dr.
Billie Sessions will also be in attendance.
On Monday, November 4, 2002, AU Professor
Emeritus Val Cushing will present the slide lecture "Marguerite
Wildenhain: Inspirational and Passionate about Her Craft" at
4 p.m. in Binns-Merrill Room C.
Bauhaus-trained master potter Marguerite
Wildenhain was the first of only seven ceramics students at the
Bauhaus, a design school in Weimar, Germany. In 1949, she and other
Bauhaus artists opened an artist cooperative workshop known as Pond
Farm in Guerneville, California. Wildenhain lived at Pond Farm until
her death in 1985. Her secluded life at Pond Farm was entirely dedicated
to making pottery and working with students. She maintained a summer
clay-workshop believing that students needed to have complete devotion
to learning the fundamental nature of the material and only then
they could explore the creative aspects of their craft. Her students
are as much a part of her legacy as is her work. The two dozen students
each summer ranged from beginners to professional ceramists, and
included high school teachers, university students, professors,
and independent potters.
Eva Kirsch, Director of the RVF Art
Museum, coordinates all aspects of the exhibition. The exhibition
objects are selected from the Luther College in Decorah, Iowa collection
and other private and public collections in Northern California.