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Donald Reitz

Biography to Display: 

1929 Born Sunbury, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION

1957BS Art Education, Kutztown State College, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

1962MFA New York State School of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1962-1988Faculty, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

 

Don Reitz is best known for his sculptural pieces that grew out of his wheel-thrown functional work that is characterized by symmetry and simple lines.  Reitz began salt firing while at Alfred and then pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing that almost single-handedly revived these neglected techniques. His work shows the results of this study. He used various slips and oxides to achieve surfaces that run from dry to slick, and carry colors previously unknown in wood-fired pieces. Examples of his use of color are the pieces he created as a result of an auto accident and the illness of niece, Sara, after whom he named this series. The pieces in this series are typically composed of a chalk white area with bright red, yellow and blue contrasted against an unglazed area. An interview with Don Reitz conducted June 6 and 7, 2006  by Mija Riedel for the Archives of American Art’s Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America is available from http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-don-reitz-13546.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arkansas Arts Center, Littlerock, Arkansas

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Brandt’s Kloedefabrik, Odenese, Denmark

Belger Arts Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

de Young Museum, San Francisco, California

Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Erishu Art Museum, Himeji, Japan

Gilmore Art Center, Kalamazoo, Missouri

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Horikodden Art Center, Oslo, Norway

Houston Museum of Art, Houston, Texas

Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Kutztown State University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California

Milwaukee Museum of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Mudgee Art Museum, Mudgee, Australia

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Nippon Castle Research Center, Himeji, Japan

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art,Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Palmerston University, Palmerston, North New Zealand

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Arts, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian Institution, Building of Science and Industry, Washington,  D.C.

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota

Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art, Scottsdale, Arizona

Weismann Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clowes, Jody. Don Reitz: Clay, Fire, Salt, and Wood. Madison, WI: Chazen Museum of ArtJun 20, 2005

Don Reitz, et al. The Soul of a Bowl. Portland, OR: Crafts Museum & Gallery.

Hendricks, Charles, et al. “Salt Glaze Ceramics by Don Reitz,” New York, NY: American Crafts Council, 1972.

Levin, Elaine. The History of American Ceamics from Pipkins and Bean Pots to Contemporary Forms. New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1988.

Nordness, Lee. Objects:USA. New York, NY: The Viking Press, 1970.

 

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download

CV or Resume: Click Here to Download
Source: Elaine Levin Archive, University of Southern California

 

Typical Marks
ca 1965
ca 1970
ca 1970-1972
ca 1985
1987
1992
1993
Double Wall Footed Bowl
Date: ca 1965
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Covered Jar with Branch Finial
Date: ca 1970
Form: Covered Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze, Salt Fired
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Broccoli Bowl
Date: ca 1970-1972
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Think You Must and Than Maybe You Can
Date: ca 1980s
Form: Wall Hanging
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Photo: Daniel Swadener
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Sara Series Shield
Date: 1983
Form: Wall Hanging
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Photo: Daniel Swadener
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Monumental Covered Jar from Sarah Series
Date: ca 1985
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
This Too Will Pass!! Sarah Series
Date: ca 1985
Form: Platter
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Do You Think I Would Forget
Date: 1987
Form: Platter
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Engobe, Glaze
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Margaret Pennington Collection
Photo: John Polak
Photo: John Polak
Untitled
Date: 1993
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Teastack
Date: 2008
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Photo: Daniel Swadener
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Wood Fired Bowl
Date: 2008
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Photo: Daniel Swadener
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Tower Down
Date: 2009
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Photo: Daniel Swadener
Courtesy Reitz Family Trust
Tower Sculpture with Three Rings
Date: ca 2009
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered, Hand Built
Surface Technique: Incised, Polychrome
E. John Bullard Collection, Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, ex. Estate of Candice B. Groot, lot 78, April 16, 2016
E. John Bullard Collection, Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions, ex. Estate of Candice B. Groot, lot 78, April 16, 2016
Tea Bowl
Form: Tea Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Courtesy of The Nevica Project
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Robert and Christel Harrison  Collection
Photo: TMP
Robert and Christel Harrison Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Once You Accept Life is Difficult-Figuring is Too Hard, It Isn't- Knowing is Real-Sooner or Later You Have to Start Working Without the Net
Form: Sculpture
Materials: Wood, Stoneware
Method: Hand Built
Dimensions: 41.5 x 21.75"
Surface Technique: Glaze, Paint
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions
Courtesy Rago Arts and Auctions

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 4, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/reitz