Oral history interview with Merryll Saylan

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.saylan06
Creators:
Saylan, Merryll B., 1936-
Adamson, Glenn
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2006 May 20-June 5
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
7 Items
Sound recording: 7 compact discs (6 hr., 9 min.)
digital
2 5/8 in.
116 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Merryll Saylan conducted 2006 May 20-June 5, by Glenn Adamson, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, England.
Scope and Contents
Saylan speaks of her childhood in Los Angeles, California; her early musical education in piano and viola; memories of World War II; her family's political views during the Cold War; meeting her first husband at UCLA; dropping out of school to move to Virginia and Georgia in fulfillment of her husband's military service; experiencing anti-Semitism in Georgia; the challenges of her eldest son's speech problems; traveling to France, Japan, Guatemala, Hong Kong and the Philippines; her interest in Japanese culture; completing her B.A. in design at UCLA and her M.A. in studio art at California State University, Northridge; anti-Vietnam sentiment on campus; early interests in environmental design; her second husband and his friends; her interest in furniture and woodworking; differing approaches to woodworking on the east and west coasts; her views on feminism and working women; her use of color and texture in woodworking; teaching experiences; popular perception of her work; receiving a grant to go to England and her involvement with English and German woodturners; the lack of collector interest in her work; forced absences from working because of illnesses; serving on the boards of the American Association of Woodturners and The Woodturning Center; her involvement in the International Turned Objects Show, the Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Biannual Exposition, and the International Turning Exchange; her thoughts on future work. Saylan also recalls George Foy, Bob Stocksdale, Michael Cooper, Pamela Weir-Quiton, Joanne Rapp, J.B. Blunk, Marvin Lipofsky, Gail Fredell, Wendy Maruyama, Ralph Evans, Del Stubbs, Jerry Glaser, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Merryll Saylan (1936- ) is a wood artist from San Rafael, California. Glenn Adamson (1972- ) is a museum professional, in London, England.

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 7 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 6 hr., 9 min.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Decorative arts Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Environmental engineering Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Feminism Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Furniture making Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Furniture making -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turning -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women artists -- California -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodwork Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodworkers -- California -- Interviews. Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
England -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
France -- description and travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Guatemala -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hong Kong -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Japan -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philippines -- Description and Travel Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Blunk, J. B., 1926-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooper, Michael Jean Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Evans, Ralph Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Foy, George Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fredell, Gail Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Glaser, Jerry Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lipofsky, Marvin, 1938-2016 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maruyama, Wendy, 1952- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rapp, Joanne Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stocksdale, Bob, 1913-2003 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stubbs, Del Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weir-Quiton, Pamela Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Association of Woodturners Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
California State University, Northridge -- Students 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
University of California, Los Angeles -- Students Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Wood Turning Center (Philadelphia, Pa.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Woodstock School of Painting Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
International Turned Objects Show (1988 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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