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Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community

Jenni Sorkin


A thematic and gendered history of post-war American ceramics, this book focuses on three American women ceramists, Marguerite Wildenhain (1896-1985), a Bauhaus-trained potter who taught form as process without product at her summer craft school Pond Farm; Mary Caroline (M.C.) Richards (1916-1999), who renounced formalism at Black Mountain College in favor of a therapeutic model she pursued outside academia; and Susan Peterson (1925-2009), who popularized ceramics through live throwing demonstrations on public television in 1964-65. These artists utilized ceramics as a conduit for social conta ... More

Keywords: art, Black Mountain College, counterculture, gendered pedagogy, handicraft, improvisation, material culture, socially engaged art, women, pottery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226303116
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226303253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenni Sorkin, author
University of California, Santa Barbara.