Don Reitz Tribute
Reitzagama Part II
Reitzagama 2013

All Fired Up: The Ceramic Sculpture of Don Reitz

Opening at Hood College in Frederick, MD, this exhibition will showcase the work of the late Don Reitz, which is loaned to Hood College by Leatrice and Melvin Eagle. An opening reception is scheduled for March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Whitaker Commons. Lee Eagle will give a gallery talk, called “Exploring the Art of Don Reitz,” at 4:30 p.m. during the reception. The exhibit will include pieces from throughout Reitz’ career, including sculpture, wall hangings, tea bowls and prints. It is a small sample of the breadth and depth of his artistic output and a testament to his artistic genius and versatility.

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Great overview of Don’s work, courtesy of Vicente Lim.

Paolo Vicente Lim added 40 new photos.

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The last of the Reitz Lost Works project fired. In storage for over 20 years, this beautiful column was fired at the Morean Arts Center, FL, last week. Big shout-out to Chris Gustin for orchestrating this feat!

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Don Reitz's last work completed, The Last Dance, 2014. Just unloaded out of the Reitzagama yesterday. Made from trimmings and scraps and recombined into this beauty. RIP

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Don's estate is releasing 12 tea bowls for sale, carefully curated for your holiday gift giving or getting. Email for a pricelist!

Several of Don's works are currently being featured in Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection, recently opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art. If in the area check out this outstanding exhibition.

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Don Reitz added 12 new photos to the album: 2017 Reitzagama Firing — with Chris Gustin in Clarkdale, Arizona.

First firing of the Reitzagama after Don's passing. Many former assistants, friends and fellow artists came from around the country to celebrate and pay tribute to one of America's finest ceramic artist.

Don Reitz shared Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts's post — with Ted Davault and Sheryl Leigh-Davault.

If you are in the area, come to the Reitz Ranch tomorrow for the open house!

Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts

Hi Everyone - a reminder that we will be having an informal Open House this coming Saturday, the 23rd, from 3-8.

There will be light refreshments, tours of the ...Bunkhouse where we are creating the community studio and classroom and tours of the kilns - we'll also be firing the train kiln that day, so you can see us in action and meet some of the folks that make the ranch great!

Reitz Ranch is located at 2724 W Sullivan Ranch Rd in Clarkdale. Sycamore Canyon Rd is now paved, making the trek much easier than in the past. Cook Ranch and Sullivan Ranch Rd are still dirt, but easily passable at a leisurely pace.

Looking forward to seeing you then!!

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A young Don Reitz raku-firing, 1966, Madison, WI.

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Don Reitz shared a post.

Thanks to Sheryl Leigh-Davault & Ted Davault for keeping Don's flames burning. Big firing over Thanksgiving!

Sheryl Leigh-Davault shared a link to the group: Verde Valley Ceramics.

Hi everyone-
You might have heard rumblings about things going on out at Reitz Ranch. My husband and I bought the ranch about 4 months ago. Our goal is to furt...her Don Reitz's legacy and expand on his vision of making the ranch a ceramic arts center, open to everyone.

With the help of some wonderful people - some of them on this forum!- we've been busy doing the following:
-Preparing dedicated open studio, classroom and workshop facilities for all forms of ceramic work
-Adding additional options of electric and gas to
Don's famous wood fired and soda/salt kilns with opportunities for artists to participate in those firings
-And exciting workshops for both beginning and advanced artists - two on the burner, more details once we've firmed things up!

Our first firing of the train kiln is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 22nd to thank all of the people who have worked so hard (yes, we mean you, Ben!). Look for invitations for an open house on the 23rd to see the ranch, the studio and the kilns in action.

Above all else, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas about what you'd like to see, so don't be shy! You can find out more at - looking forward to meeting all of you!

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Reitz Ranch will soon be open and firing again!

Pleased that the Reitz Family Trust just published Don's Wiki page, check it out!

Donald L. Reitz (November 7, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American ceramic artist, recognized for inspiring a reemergence of salt glaze pottery in United States.[1][2][3][4] He was a teacher of ceramic art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1962 till 1988. During this period, he adapted th...
Don Reitz is celebrating success with Chris Gustin.
June 7, 2017

Ghost pot #3 under fire. Thanks to Chris Gustin & crew for fanning the flames!

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Don Reitz is with Daniel Anderson and Chris Gustin.

Ghost Pot #2 getting fired up thanks to Chris Gustin & Dan Anderson!

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Don Reitz shared a Page.

Welcome to the new owners of the Reitz Ranch, the future bodes well for artists while keeping Don's legacy!

Carrying the legacy of Don Reitz and the ceramic community into the future.

Don passed away three years ago but his spirit is always with us!
Photos: Daniel Swadener

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