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With close to 100 artworks, “Clayblazers” celebrates women in the ceramic field during the mid-20th century. Legendary artists like Maija Grotell, Susan Peterson and Marguerite Wildenhain were educators, mentors and masters of their craft and inspired future generations. All of the works in the exhibition are drawn from the ASU Art Museum’s ceramics collection of 3,800 objects, representing the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the field. The exhibition also includes photographs and materials from the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s Susan Harnly Peterson and Studio Potter archives.
Artists: Laura Andreson, Cynthia Bringle, Rose Cabat, Virginia Cartwright, Betty Davenport Ford, Stephanie De Lange, Dora De Larios, Ruth Duckworth, Viola Frey, Andrea Gill, Judith Gilmour, Maija Grotell, Vivika Heino, Catharine Hiersoux, Hazel Johnston, Karen Karnes, Janet Leach, Marilyn Levine, Lucy Lewis, Emma Lewis Mitchell, Mary Lindheim, Janet Mainsfield, Irene Mark, Maria Martinez, Nan McKinnell, Fannie Nampeyo, Gertrud Natzler, Minnie Negoro, Susan Peterson, Elsa Rady, Lucie Rie, Mary Rogers, Mary Scheier, Frances Senska, Susan Stephenson, Toshiko Takaezu, Patti Warashina, Mary White, Marguerite Wildenhain, Paula Winokur, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman and Bernice Zielke.
The project is funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation as part of the Windgate Contemporary Craft Initiative at the ASU Art Museum. Visit the museum website for directions and hours and information about bringing classes to tour exhibitions or meet with curators.
Image credit: Marilyn Anne Levine, “Eyelet Boots,” 1979, Earthenware and leather laces, 8 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 5 inches, Gift of Anne and Sam Davis.