Two other South Bear books about the life and work of a Bauhaus Master Potter, who became one of the century’s most influential teachers, craftspersons and artists …that We Look and See: An Admirer Looks at the Indians

by Marguerite Wildenhain

edited by John Nellermoe and Dean Schwarz, with photographs by David Stone 

In stock. Clothbound, 11 x 8.5 in., 127 pages (including 85 black and white illustrations and photos),1979. $30 plus $5 per copy for shipping and handling (in the US) via USPS Media Mail. Iowa residents add 7% sales tax. MARGUERITE A Diary to 

letters in the form of a diary
by Marguerite Wildenhain

edited by Dean Schwarz, designed by Deb Paulson, with photographs by David Cavagnaro. 

In stock. Paperbound, 11 x 8.5 in., 125 pages (including 25 black and white illustrations, 37 black and white and color photos, and 8 woodblock prints created specifically for this edition by David Kamm), 2004. $40 plus $5 per copy for shipping and handling (in the US) via USPS Media Mail. Iowa residents add 7% sales tax. Marguerite Wildenhain
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In early 1940, shortly after the beginning of World War II, Marguerite Wildenhain, a French citizen of Jewish ancestry who at that time was living in Putten, Holland, was able to set sail for the U.S. But her husband, Franz Wildenhain, who was a German citizen, was not allowed to emigrate. As a result, the Wildenhains were separated for seven years and, during the first months of that period, had no contact of any kind. 

Throughout those months, Marguerite did not know Franz’s whereabouts, nor even if he had survived. As it turned out, he had been forced to join the German Army. During part of that time, especially as she traveled slowly across the U.S. en route to California, she made drawings and letter-like entries to Franz in a diary of sorts—hence the title, MARGUERITE A Diary to Franz WILDENHAIN. 

This book is the first publication of those pages, with her text translated into English. Throughout, her words are supplemented by wonderfully rich illustrations—vintage drawings and photographs, examples of her pottery, specimens from her rock collection, and a suite of commemorative woodblock prints. To Bauhaus potter Marguerite Wildenhain, drawing was an indispensable resource, for teaching as well as for learning. To look at her drawings is to see more clearly the relationship of line and form to clay. 

This book consists of two main parts. In the first, the reader is afforded a view of the world through the “eye-pencil” of Marguerite Wildenhain. The drawings reproduced here are the figure drawings and landscapes that have served as inspiration for her pots. Photos of historic related pottery provide conclusive evidence of the importance of drawing to potters and other artists.

In the second half, she uses her drawings to share her lifelong discoveries about Native Americans. She records these observations in rhythmic lines, not as an Indian nor an anthropologist, but as an admirer driven since childhood to know and to understand. • About South Bear Press • Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus • Other Wildenhain books • Our Natural Treasure: Genevieve Kroshus • Packin’ Cats for the Arrr-meee • About South Bear School