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Author Korenic, Lynette Marie
Title The decorative fire of Susan S. Frackelton: China painting, art pottery, and book illumination
book jacket
Descript 491 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-07, Section: A, page: 2357
Adviser: E. Bruce Robertson
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
Susan Stuart Goodrich Frackelton (1848-1932) was an influential leader in American ceramic art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She personified the emergence of the professional woman artist and entrepreneur. Her work spanned both the Aesthetic and the Arts and Crafts Movements. Although she was a regional artist, based in the emerging and largely immigrant city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she received many awards for her china painting and art pottery at national and international exhibitions. Her experiments in native clays, salt-glaze stoneware, and porcelain garnered her much acclaim for originality. That originality extended to her collaborations with George E. Ohr. Her ceramic oeuvre expressed an interest in nature as inspiration for art and the many debates between naturalism and conventionalism surrounding the depiction of design. Her sketches and watercolors reflect the art training she received from landscape painter Heinrich Vianden. As a successful businesswoman, author, inventor, teacher, and lecturer, she shaped a career that went beyond the decorating and making of ceramic objects. Her many accomplishments, including her manual, Tried by Fire: A Work on China-Painting, invention of a portable gas kiln for firing china, and the manufacture of mineral colors, directly supported the engagement of women in ceramic arts
With a goal to elevate American ceramic art, she co-founded the National League of Mineral Painters in 1892, which enabled thousands of amateur artists, most of whom were women, to have a visible profile on the exhibition scene. Her contributions to the art of book illumination, some of which were collaborations with her daughter and the Monastery Hill Bindery, and done for the Chicago Woman's Club as well as for private individuals such as Elizabeth A. Plankinton and Henry N. Torrey, crowned her achievements in the decorative arts. Frackelton's work and career provides a multi-faceted understanding of the social, educational, and artistic framework that supported the development of American ceramic art and decorative arts in general, and sheds light on the struggle of women to gain recognition as artists
School code: 0035
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-07A
Subject Biography
Art History
Alt Author University of California, Santa Barbara
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