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Donald L. Reitz

Don Reitz spoke of his ceramics not as vessels, but as three-dimensional canvases, “which I can push, pull, strike and draw into.” The physicality of the work is evident in this “teapot.” This work was fired in an anagama kiln—an ancient type of kiln that originated in China. The anagama kiln uses wood as a heat source, rather than the typical electric or gas kilns that contemporary ceramicists often use. Firing creates ash, which results in surface effects to which Reitz was drawn. He was also known for reviving the more-traditional technique of salt-glazing, in which salt added to the kiln during firing imparts a particular surface finish to ceramics. Don Reitz taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for 26 years.
Artist
Donald L. Reitz
(American, 1929 - 2014)
Title
Teapot
Date
2006
Medium
Anagama wood-fired stoneware
Dimensions
26 1/2 x 12 x 12 in. overall
Credit
Gift of John W. Green, PhD ('63) and Carol L. H. Green
Accession No.
2019.23.1
Classification
Ceramics
Geography
United States

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June 2006, sold by the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, MT) via the Bray International Auction to John and Carol Green (Billings, MT); 2019, gifted to the Chazen Museum of Art

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