Levin is the author of The History of American Ceramics
published by Harry Abrams, New York. She has written numerous
essays for books and over eighty articles for American and
international art publications. Ms. Levin has also taught
several ceramic courses and lectured at universities, art
schools, and museums around the country and in Norway, Finland,
and Canada, as well as curated seven exhibitions, served as
a juror, and participated in numerous symposia.
|About the Dorothy Wilson Perkins
Wildenhain: Inspirational and Passionate
About Her Craft
Fifth Annual Dorothy Wilson Perkins Lecture
Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic
at Alfred University
October 8, 2002
During a sixty-year career as a ceramist,
Marguerite Wildenhain experienced the trauma of a depression in Europe
and then the alarming political upheavals leading to World War II.
Coming to America in 1940, she faced further tests of endurance and
persistence, of survival as a ceramist. Her education during the late
1920s as a potter at the Bauhaus, the German school of arts and crafts,
confirmed her determination to live a life devoted to her art.
Over three decades, Wildenhain was an advocate
for ceramics as a fine art. She stamped her philosophy and her strong
personality on those American potters she met through workshops
she led at colleges and universities across the country and for
selected students who came to her summer program at Pond Farm in
Northern California. The beauty of well-crafted functional ware
and the importance of living totally as a craftsperson influenced
a generation of ceramists. On her own terms, in a new country, Wildenhain
gracefully assimilated the American milieu.
A special exhibition entitled "Ripples:
Maguerite Wildenhain and Her Pond Farm Students", showing
October 3, 2002, is being held in conjunction with the Fifth Annual
Dorothy Perkins Lecture.