Oral history interview with Cynthia Bringle

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bringl92
Creators:
Bringle, Cynthia, 1939-
Kirwin, Liza
Dates:
1992 January 22
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
51 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Cynthia Bringle conducted 1992 January 22, by Liza Kirwin, for the Archives of American Art.
Scope and Contents
Bringle discusses her childhood and education in Memphis, Tennessee; her admiration for Memphis artist Dorothy Sturm; meeting Francis Merritt, the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and his assistant William (Bill) Brown; attending Haystack in Liberty, Maine in 1960 as a scholarship student; her graduate studies in ceramics at Alfred University; attending a Shoji Hamada workshop in Seattle in 1963; building the first gas kiln at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina; teaching at Penland; establishing a pottery studio in Tennessee; Brown's management style as the director of Penland from 1962 to 1983, and conflicts with the Board of Trustees that led to his resignation; Verne Stanford's tenure as director of Penland from 1984 to 1989; Hunter Kariher's role as the director of Penland after Stanford's resignation; and Penland in comparison with other craft schools including Haystack, Arrowmont, and Anderson Ranch. She recalls Lucy Morgan (the founder of Penland), Bonnie Ford (Penland administrator), Jane Brown, Joy Stanford, Harvey Littleton, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Cynthia Bringle (1939- ) is a potter, in Penland, N.C.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on line at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/bringl92.htm
Author
Sponsor
Funding for the transcription of this interview provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Women's Committee.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics, and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded on 2 sound tape cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 20 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Pottery -- Study and teaching -- United States. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Handicraft -- Study and teaching -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Morgan, Lucy, 1889-1981 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kariher, Hunter Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brown, Jane Brennan, 1931- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ford, Bonnie Willis, 1907-1976 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stanford, Verne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Alfred University -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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