Past and Future Connections to Pond Farm Pottery
Exhibit of the works of Marguerite Wildehain and her students.
This inspiring exhibition demonstrates the creative breadth of work by Bauhaus-trained master potter Marguerite Wildenhain and her students known as Pond Farmers. The show explores how the lives of the Pond Farmers were transformed by their experiences between 1952 and 1980 at Pond Farm Pottery, Marguerite’s home and workshop/studio located within Austin Creek State Recreation Area.
The considerable range of significant ideas, questions, and potential themes connected to Pond Farm through the Connections exhibit encompasses and transcends the ceramic arts on display: the legacy of intentional community-building; the personal story of a Jewish woman fleeing Nazi Europe alone; the Bauhaus movement and its stretch to California; the history of ceramic arts and its fragile place among other artistic disciplines; arts education, theory, and pedagogy; the role of historic preservation; and the role that public parks can play as these relate to their missions and broader stakeholders.
The opening reception on April 7th will include an opportunity to meet and hear directly from Pond Farmers about Pond Farm Pottery life under the guidance of their esteemed teacher. Some works of Pond Farmers will be on sale to benefit the Pond Farm Pottery Historic District Restoration Project. Workshops and tours of Pond Farm Pottery will also be offered for the public and school groups. Make your reservation here.
This event is being presented by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and California State Parks.
The Connections exhibit is in part made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Other funders include the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation ( clayandglassarts.org), a gift in memory of Ron and Bev Judd, and Creative Ceramics. In-kind services are being donated by Hybrid Design - San Francisco, SpeedPro - Santa Rosa, M4 Specialties - Guerneville.
Pottery for the exhibit is on loan from the Forrest L. Merrill collection, the Sonoma County Museum and the collections of many Pond Farmers.
Tours of Pond Farm Pottery will be offered during the Exhibition. Tour dates are March 31, April 9, 14, 22, and 28th. Register online.
Workshops will also be offered. Register online.
With gratitude to our event funders and sponsors
Gift in memory of Ron and Bev Judd