Oral history interview with Paul Marioni

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.marion06
Creators:
Marioni, Paul
Riedel, Mija, 1958-
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2006 September 18-19
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
11 Items
Sound recording: 11 sound files (8 hrs., 18 min.)
digital, wav
112 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Paul Marioni conducted 2006 September 18-19, by Mija Riedel, 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, Seattle, Washington. Marioni speaks of his childhood in Ohio; excelling in math as a young student; being labeled a troublemaker in high school; his interest and skill in fixing cars and motorcycles; attending the University of Dayton, the University of Cincinnati, and San Francisco State University; receiving bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy; an interest in filmmaking; the joys and struggles of raising two children by himself; his unorthodox parenting philosophy; learning glass techniques from Judy Raffeal North; teaching experiences at College of Marin, California College of Arts and Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, and Penland School of Crafts, among others; the importance of fostering idea formation and creativity in educational institutions; his experiences as Artist-in-Residence at A.C. Fischer Glashutte and Spectrum Glass Co.; the development of his process for producing cast glass; the great number of public architectural commissions that resulted from the ability to work with cast glass; the more than 85 commissions he has completed alone and in collaboration with Ann Troutner; the difference between his gallery work and commission work; the pleasure he gets from working in the studio; travels throughout Europe, South America, Japan, Thailand, Mexico; his use of ambient light; strong responses received from his political artwork; his dislike of art critics; the vital role Glass Art Society played in supporting the studio glass art movement; the emphasis of human nature in his art; and plans for the future. Marioni also recalls Robert Nelson, Gunvar Nelson, John Bolles, Cecile McCann, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Tom Bosworth, Fritz Dreisbach, Richard Marquis, Howard Ben Tré, Bertil Vallien, Jaroslava Brychtová, Stanislav Libenský, Randy Milhoan, Dante Marioni, Pino Signoretto, Sandy Blaine, Allan and Lenore Sindler, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Paul Marioni (1941- ) is a glass artist from Seattle, Washington. Mija Riedel (1958- ) is a curator and writer, from San Francisco, California.

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 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 11 digital wav files. Duration is 8 hrs., 18 min.

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

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art -- Political aspects Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cast glass Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Glass art -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass art -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass artists -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parenting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Politics in art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Europe -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mexico -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
South America -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Thailand -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Ben Tré, Howard, 1949-2020 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blaine, Sandy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bolles, John S., 1905- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bosworth, Thomas L. (Thomas Lawrence), 1930- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Brychtová, Jaroslava, 1924- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chihuly, Dale, 1941- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dreisbach, Fritz Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Libenský, Stanislav, 1921-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marioni, Dante, 1964- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Marquis, Richard, 1945- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
McCann, Cecile Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Milhoan, Randy Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nelson, Gunvor Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nelson, Robert A. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
North, Judy, 1937- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Signoretto, Pino, 1944- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sindler, Allan P. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sindler, Leonore Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Troutner, Ann Margaret Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Vallien, Bertil, 1938- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
A.C. Fischer Glashütte Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
California College of Arts and Crafts -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
College of Marin -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glass Art Society 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
Penland School of Handicrafts (Penland, N.C.) -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pilchuck Glass Center (Stanwood, Wash.) -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
San Francisco State University -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Spectrum Glass Co. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of Cincinnati -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
University of Dayton -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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