A Gathering of Pots: Celebrating the Life of M.C. Richards
Thursday, May 16, 6-9 p.m.
6-7 p.m.: Instant Gallery
7-8 p.m.: Film: M.C. Richards: The Fire Within
8-9 p.m.: Discussion/Gallery Talk led by Dr. Craig Edelbrock, Chancellor
Celebrate the life of the great artistic spirit of master potter M.C. Richards. Attendees are asked to bring their favorite M.C. Richards piece for an "Instant Gallery" that will be created and displayed that evening. Dr. Craig Edelbrock will start the evening with an overview of M.C. Richards's life, then show the film, M.C. Richards: The Fire Within, an adventure into discovering the source of our creativity told through the life of poet, potter, teacher and mystical philosopher, M.C. Richards (1916-1999). Following the film, Dr. Edelbrock will lead a discussion focusing on the artist's local connections from the last years of her life. See www.kanelewis.com/mcrichards.html
A Gathering of Pots
M.C. Richards spent her later years creating, teaching and living at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. Anyone who owns any M.C. Richards pieces is asked to bring a favorite piece to create an Instant Gallery of her work. Pieces will be on display before and after the film.
Author of the enduring classic Centering: In Pottery, Poetry and the Person, M.C. Richards was a pivotal figure at the famously experimental Black Mountain College serving as head of faculty (1949-51) with soon-to-be avant garde luminaries in the New York art scene — Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine and Willem deKooning, Jacob Lawrence, Arthur Penn, Robert Motherwell, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage among others.
During her time at Black Mountain College, she wrote her first volume of poetry, Poems, which was published at the school's Black Mountain Press in 1948. Later Richards wrote poetry and essays with a connection to creative arts and spirituality, including Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person (1964) and Opening Our Moral Eye: Essays, Talks, and Poems Embracing Creativity and Community (1996).
In the early 1960s, she began teaching art classes that combined pottery and other forms of creativity. Richards was awarded the Holy Names Medal from Fort Wright College in 1974, and was made a fellow of the Collegium of American Craftspersons of the American Crafts Council in 1976. In 1984 she moved to Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Kimberton, PA, until her death in 1999 at age 83.