Oral history interview with Marjorie Schick

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.schick04
Creators:
Schick, Marjorie, 1941-2017
Rosolowski, Tacey A.
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2004 April 4-6
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
79 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Marjorie Schick conducted 2004 April 4-6, by Tacey A. Rosolowski, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Scope and Contents
Schick speaks of her aesthetic goals; making "body sculpture" as opposed to jewelry; being raised by her mother, a teacher and artist; taking art classes in high school; studying art education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; marrying James Schick; getting an MFA in jewelry at Indiana University; being mentored by Alma Eikerman; transitioning her works from metal to papier-mâché; working with alternative materials; making costume pieces for dancers; being represented by Galerie Ra in Amsterdam; studying metalwork while on sabbatical in London; the importance of change and experimentation in her work; making companion pieces; traveling to Europe and Mexico; creating "teapot jewelry"; and being part of the international jewelry community. Schick also speaks of how collectors and the art market react to her pieces; exhibiting in galleries; being a member of the Kansas Artist Craftsman Association; teaching; giving workshops; working on pieces while traveling; her autobiographical pieces; hiring student helpers; paying attention to craftsmanship; the challenges of being a craft artist and making "unwearable" jewelry; and her current project. Schick also recalls David Smith, Paul Smith, Harry Bertoia, Tom Joyce, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Marjorie Schick (1941-2017) is a jeweler of Pittsburg, Kansas. Tacey A. Rosolowski is an art historian from Washington, D.C.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
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 on 4 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 7 digital wav files. Duration is 4 hr., 53 min.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
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Jewelers -- Kansas -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry -- Design Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry making -- Equipment and supplies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry making -- Technique Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry making -- Study and teaching Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jewelry making -- Economic aspects Topic 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

Repository Contact
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