Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Art

By Sara J. Pasti, Adrienne Spinozzi, Tom Wolf, and Ursula Morgan

Subjects: Art
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9780998207506, 84 pages, March 2017

Table of contents

Sara J. Pasti

Carl Walters and Woodstock: Ceramic Arts
Tom Wolf

“It Isn’t Work, It’s Play”: The Ceramics of Carl Walters
Adrienne Spinozzi

Exhibition Checklist


Surveys the forty-year career of Carl Walters (1883-1955), a pioneer of modern ceramic art in the United States.


Drawing on the first major exhibition of Carl Walters in over sixty years, this catalogue includes an extensive critical essay by curator Tom Wolf and an additional essay by modern ceramics expert Adrienne Spinozzi. The catalogue places Walters (1883–1955) within the context of development of ceramic arts in Woodstock over two generations ago, from the Byrdcliffe Guild in the early twentieth century to the younger modernists who worked in the Maverick in the 1920s and 1930s. Spanning a career that lasted over forty years, this fully illustrated catalogue features approximately thirty prime examples of Walters's witty and original three-dimensional ceramic figures as well as a selection of works on paper from private and public collections in the Northeast. Perhaps best known for his creation of the glass panels on the doors of the original Whitney Museum of American Art, Walters was unusual in that he made both functional objects and independent ceramic sculptures.

Sara J. Pasti is the Neil C. Trager Director of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Tom Wolf is Professor of Art History at Bard College since 1971 and renowned authority on the historic Woodstock art colony. Adrienne Spinozzi is Research Associate in the American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Vice President of the American Ceramic Circle and coeditor of the organization's biannual Newsletter. Ursula Morgan is the Coordinator of Exhibitions and Programs of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz.