Ralph Rinzler photographs of traditional Korean pottery making, 1971

Collection ID:
Rinzler, Ralph
Physical Description:
69 Prints
silver gelatin

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by Ralph Rinzler documenting steps in the traditional Korean pottery-making process, as well as images of potters, kilns, and pottery use and storage. Rinzler captioned and arranged the photographs into five series: 1. introduction; 2. clay preparation; 3. turning process (tools, preparation, turning); 4. drying and glazing; 5. firing and shipping.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Ralph Rinzler (1934-1994) was a folklorist and musician. In 1964, he became Director of Field Programs at the Newport Folk Foundation, which involved the planning and programming of the Newport Folk Festival. Rinzler joined the Smithsonian in 1967 as the founding Director of what is now the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. He also developed the annual Festival of American Folklife, Smithsonian Folklife Studies, a publication series, and conducted research for the Celebration exhibit, which opened at the Renwick Gallery in 1982. Rinzler was appointed Assistant Secretary for Public Service in 1983 and Assistant Secretary Emeritus in 1990.
During the 1960s, Rinzler started visiting traditional potters. A trip to Korea resulted in a film "Southern Korea Kitchen Pottery Making: A Study in Folk Technology," as well as a book, "The Korean Onggi Potter," written with Robert Sayers.

Sarah Ganderup
Custodial History note
Donated by Chang-su Houchins in the Department of Anthropology, 1986.

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 86-17

Using the Collection
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 86-17, Ralph Rinzler photographs of traditional Korean pottery making, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections holds the Ralph Rinzler papers and audiorecordings, 1950-1994.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds an oral history interview with Rinzler from 1993 (SIA RU009569), as well as subject files, grant records, and agency history from Rinzler's time at the Smithsonian (SIA RU000367, SIA Acc. 95-149, SIA Acc. 11-186, SIA Acc. 11-279, SIA RS00081, SIA RS00762, SIA RS00763, and SIA AH00283).

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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Korea Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Koreans Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
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4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746