Oral history interview with Kurt Weiser
Portions of this collection are digitized

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.weiser06
Creators:
Weiser, Kurt D., 1950-
Held, Peter, 1951-
Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Dates:
2006 May 22
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
47 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Kurt Weiser conducted 2006 May 22, by Peter Held, for the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America, at the artist's studio, in Tempe, Arizona.
Scope and Contents
Weiser speaks of growing up in East Lansing, Michigan, near the Kresge Art Center at Michigan State University; his mother's encouragement of his interest in the arts; dropping out of high school in the ninth grade and working odd jobs until enrolling at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan; teaching himself firing techniques with Hal Reigger's book, "Primitive Pottery"; his relationship with his first ceramics teacher, Jean Parsons; and going to Kansas City Art Institute and meeting Ken Ferguson.
Scope and Contents
He discusses teaching in Portland after undergraduate school, first in the city at Portland Museum Art School, then in Marlyhurst; his studio at Hillside Center; selling pottery at the Ann Arbor Street Fair; attending graduate school at the University of Michigan and earning his M.F.A.; meeting Akio Takamori on a visit back to Kansas City Art Institute; his first experience at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont.; and inviting international residents such as Suwanee Natewong to teach at the Bray.
Scope and Contents
He also covers his travels to Japan and Thailand; the drawings and sketches he did while abroad, and how these drawings inspired his black and white graffito-style pottery; his interests of natural and psychological subject matter; his use of color and inspirational artists such as Maxfield Parrish and Henri Rousseau; his methods for creating imagery; his teaching position at Arizona State University in Tempe; his opinions about the roles of the universities in art education, and of craft periodicals such as American Craft; his time at Guldagergard in Skaelskor, Denmark; and his involvement with National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
Scope and Contents
Weiser also recalls Victor Babu, Rick Hensley, Tom Coleman, Jackie Rice, John Stevenson, Ed Labow, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Kurt Weiser (1950- ) is an artist and educator from Tempe, Arizona. Peter Held (1951- ) is a curator from Chandler, Arizona.

Administration
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 2 sound cassettes. Reformatted in 2010 as 3 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 17 min.

Digital Content

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ceramics -- Technique Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics. -- Economic aspects Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramics -- Study and teaching Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ceramicists -- Arizona -- Interviews Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decorative arts Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Coleman, Thomas, 1945- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Babu, Victor, 1936- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hensley, Rick Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rice, Jackie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Labow, Ed Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Stevenson, John Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Archie Bray Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kansas City Art Institute Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, Mich.) -- 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

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