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.
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!
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.
If you are in the area, come to the Reitz Ranch tomorrow for the open house!
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!!
Thanks to Sheryl Leigh-Davault & Ted Davault for keeping Don's flames burning. Big firing over Thanksgiving!
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 www.reitzranch.org - looking forward to meeting all of you!
Pleased that the Reitz Family Trust just published Don's Wiki page, check it out!