Oral history interview with Carol Eckert
Digitized Content

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.eckert07
Creators:
Eckert, Carol
Lauria, Jo
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2007 June 18-19
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
48 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Carol Eckert conducted June 18-19, 2007 by Jo Lauria, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in the artist's home and studio in Tempe, Arizona.
Scope and Contents
Eckert speaks of moving from North Carolina to New York during her childhood; her interest in making things as a child; her love of reading and a particular interest in mythology, legends, and fairy tales; choosing to pursue painting as an art major at Arizona State University; working as a substitute teacher after graduation; teaching herself the needle arts; and teaching painting and drawing classes at a local community arts center.
Scope and Contents
She also discusses experimenting with clay; the process that guides her work; the influence of her painting training on her color and composition choices; her marriage to furniture maker Tom Eckert; the development of the basketry field over the past decades; participating in exhibitions and shows; teaching workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; the cross-cultural animal symbolism present in her pieces; the working environment in her studio; the importance of craft publications; the development in her own work towards larger pieces; her commitment to the longevity and preservation of her work; and upcoming exhibitions.
Scope and Contents
Eckert recalls Steven Covey, Barbara Rose Okun, Jane Sauer, Sandy Blaine, Lillian Elliot, Joanne Segal Branford, John Garrett, John McQueen, Leon Niehues, Norma Minkowitz, Sarah and David Lieberman, Janet Koplos, Marcia Docter, Doug and Dale Anderson, Karen Johnson Boyd, Rudy Turk, Marcia Manhart, Joanne Rapp, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Carol Eckert (1945- ) is a fiber artist from Tempe, Arizona. Jo Lauria is a curator and arts wrtier from Los Angeles, California.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on-line.
Author
Sponsor
Funding for this interview was provided by the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America. Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
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 3 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 40 min.

Digital Content

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Basket making Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Painting -- Study and teaching Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews Genre_form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fiber artists -- Arizona Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minkowitz, Norma M., 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Manhart, Marcia, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sauer, Jane, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Dale, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Doug, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Covey, Steven Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Docter, Marcia Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boyd, Karen Johnson Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rapp, Joanne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Okun, Barbara Rose Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Elliot, Lillian Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Branford, Joanne Segal, 1933-1994 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Garrett, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lieberman, Sarah Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lieberman, David Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McQueen, John, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blaine, Sandy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Niehues, Leon Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Koplos, Janet Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turk, Rudy H. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Eckert, Tom, 1942- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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