Oral history interview with Jack Earl

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.earl07
Creators:
Earl, Jack
Milosch, Jane
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2007 June 19-20
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5 Items
Sound recording: 5 sound files (4 hr., 32 min.)
digital
2 5/8 in.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Jack Earl conducted 2007 June 19-20, by Jane Milosch, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's home and studio, in Lakeview, Ohio.
Scope and Contents
Earl speaks of his childhood in Uniopolis, Ohio; using his father's tools in the garage to make toys; developing a long-lasting friendship with his high school art teacher; studying art at Bluffton College and learning to make pottery; learning to read in college and getting a minor in English; getting married while in college; graduating from Bluffton College and getting a job teaching at a local high school; teaching high school art for ten years in New Breman, Ohio; attending a graduate program at Ohio State University and earning a Master's in Ceramic Art; being influenced by professor Paul Bogatay while in graduate school; working at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center over one winter break; teaching at Toledo School of Art and Design following graduation from Ohio State University; learning to make European porcelain; beginning to apply oil paint to his ceramic pieces; copying imagery from European masterpieces; feeling uninspired by Virginia culture after moving there to teach at Virginia Commonwealth University; moving back to Ohio and enjoying the proximity of his children and grandchildren there; his belief that his artwork reflects his life; the greater market for ceramic artwork now compared to when he began working; continuing ceramic tradition by incorporating humor into his work; the importance of his family and Ohio culture to his work; writing a book with Karen Keland to promote crafts, especially ceramics; being much more interested in making things than in his teaching; the versatility of clay as a material; and his work habits. Earl recalls Darvin Lugenbuhl, Paul Bogatay, Carlton Atherton, Edgar Littlefield, Gene Friley, Margaret Fetzer, Howard Kottler, Robert Arneson, Tom LaDousa, Norm Schuman, Peter Voulkos, Paul Smith, Karen Keland, Tom Kerrigan, Ralph Bacerra, Richard Shaw, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Jack Earl (1934- ) is a ceramic artist from Lakeview, Ohio. Jane Milosch is a curator from Silver Spring, Maryland.

Administration
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 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 32 min.

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Arneson, Robert, 1930-1992 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Atherton, Carlton Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bacerra, Ralph, 1938-2008 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bogatay, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fetzer, Margaret Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Friley, Gene Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Keland, Karen Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kerrigan, Tom Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kottler, Howard, 1930-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
LaDousa, Tom Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Littlefield, Edgar Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lugenbuhl, Darvin Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Schuman, Norm Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shaw, Richard, 1941 Sept. 12- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Smith, Paul J. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Voulkos, Peter, 1924-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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