Eckhardt's Archangel Uriel
Listen as curator Tina Oldknow describes Archangel Uriel, created by artist Edris Eckhardt. During the 1950s, the studio crafts gained in popularity and importance in the United States. New techniques were developed by individual designer-craftsmen, who explored new uses for glass, ceramics, wood, metal, and enamels. While attempts to blow glass in the studio were nearly nonexistent in the 1950s (and would not begin until the 1960s), slumping and fusing methods, as well as stained glass processes, were more common. A pioneer of the studio pottery movement, Edythe Aline Eckhardt took the androgynous name of Edris when she decided to become an artist, because she did not want to be known as a "woman artist." Eckhardt initially gained attention for her work in ceramics in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Later, she developed her work in glass, using kiln-forming techniques that she had taught herself. She also created experimental sculptures combining glass and metal. Gift of the Artist.