Asheville, North Carolina: BMC
Marguerite Wildenhain participated in Black Mountain College’s Pottery Seminar, held from October 15 to 29, 1952. She gave the opening lecture of the seminar, which sparked a long debate with another seminar participant, the celebrated British potter Bernard Leach, who claimed that the United States had no strong ceramic traditions. The fierce exchange between Wildenhain and Leach culminated with the publication of a text by Wildenhain in a 1953 issue of the magazine Craft Horizons, in which she defended the many diverse traditions she discerned in contemporary American ceramics – and celebrated the multiculturalism of her adopted home.
Image: Shōji Hamada, Bernard Leach, Sōetsu Yanagi, and Marguerite Wildenhain during the 1952 Pottery Seminar. Photo by William Watson. Courtesy Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina, Asheville, NC.