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Don Reitz: Clay, Fire, Salt and Wood

Mint Museum UPTOWN Oct 08-Dec 31  /  vor of a more direct, spontaneous relationship with clay. Embracing the spirit of Abstract Expressionism, Reitz came to view the effects of his physical involvement with clay as imprints of his deepest self.

Exhibition Highlights

About The Exhibition

Don Reitz is recognized as one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of this century. Trained at Alfred University in the early 1960s, Reitz began as a potter making clean-lined, simply glazed forms inspired by European modernist design. He soon abandoned this work in favor of a more direct, spontaneous relationship with clay. Embracing the spirit of Abstract Expressionism, Reitz came to view the effects of his physical involvement with clay as imprints of his deepest self. Since the 1970s his work has centered around full-bodied jars and teapot-like forms which he pushes, pulls and swats into shape, etches boldly with knives and fingermarks, and glazes with brilliant nuance. Reitz has pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing, developing a range of colors and surface effects previously unknown in salt-firing. While his wood-fired surfaces can be complex and dense, with aggressive drips of glaze and textures that are often harsh, Reitz's mature vessels exude power, serenity, and balance. Featuring 71 ceramic works created by between 1960 and the present, this was the first major retrospective of the work of Don Reitz.