The Tradition of No Tradition

Film 1
The Tradition of No Tradition
TRT 26:41

Film 2
The Great Move West
TRT 28:35

Film 3
Peter Voulkos & The Otis Group
TRT 27:50

Film 4
Robert Arneson & The Davis Group
TRT 26:47

Film 5
The Width of a Circle
TRT 30:27


Rookwood Vase, artist Albert Valentien, 1897,  Courtesty of Jill West

Rookwood Vase, artist Albert Valentien, 1897, Courtesy of Jill West

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George Ohr, late 1890s

George Ohr, small bowl, 1895-1900, John White

George Ohr, small bowl, 1895-1900, John White

Film one begins by asking: “What is a potter?” “What is clay?” and “What makes a pot a vessel?”

These issues are examined from the perspectives of contemporary potters, historians and art critics.

The film goes on to explore American ceramics’ background by examining its European origins. Museum curators and art historians talk about the astonishing work of turn-of-the-century artists such as Maria Longworth Nichols, Adelaide Alsop Robineau, and the Rookwood Art Pottery.

It closes with a look at the outrageous “Mad Potter of Biloxi,” George Ohr, whose work was so far ahead of his time that he is considered by many to be the best potter who ever lived.

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