Papers of Martha Longenecker, ceramic artist, professor of art, and founding president of Mingei International Inc., a non-profit
foundation dedicated to furthering understanding of arts of the people. The collection contains Longenecker's notebooks documenting
her glazing techniques, some files on Mingei International Inc. and the Mingei International Museum, and a small amount of
biographical materials, correspondence, and subject files on ceramics and Native American art.
Martha Williams Longenecker was born on May 18, 1920 in Oklahoma City. She earned her B.A. from the University of California,
Los Angeles and her M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California, where she studied painting with the artist
Millard Sheets. In 1952, while attending a week-long graduate seminar, Martha met and was profoundly influenced by Dr. Yanagi
Soetsu, founder of the
mingei ("art of the people") folk arts movement in Japan. She decided to devote her life to art which had a practical use. Longenecker
went on to do post-graduate study of ceramics in Japan under Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka and became an accomplished
1.2 Linear feet
(3 archives boxes)
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