© Winter 1998/1999 Newsletter


Richard Reinhardt

We were saddened to learn that Richard H. Reinhardt died late last year. He had been an Artisan member since the Society's founding in 1989. Known for his exploration of new ideas, outstanding craftsmanship, and teaching skills, Reinhardt was an inspiration to his students. Below is his obituary which appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Richard H. Reinhardt, 77, of Newtown Square [PA], a silversmith and jewelry maker who spent more than 50 years at the University of the Arts [in Philadelphia] as a student, teacher of crafts, and school official, died of bladder cancer on December 29 at Paoli Memorial Hospital.

During the 1950s, Reinhardt founded the jewelry and metalsmithing programs and was chairman of the crafts department at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art.

When the school became the Philadelphia College of Art in the 1960s, he was chairman of the industrial design department. He was named associate dean of faculty in 1965, became dean five years later, and served until 1976.

He taught silversmithing and jewelry making for eight years, then returned to the dean's office for two years to help establish the University of the Arts. He retired in 1986.

Widely known as a silversmith, he exhibited his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Art Museum, and in museums in Rochester, NY; Amsterdam, Holland; and elsewhere. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums in Boston and Philadelphia, and in the Smithsonian.

In a retrospective show at the University of the Arts last spring, Inquirer art critic Edward J. Sozanski called attention to Reinhardt's "Superb craftsmanship" and said his career "demonstrates that craftsmanship can readily transmute into art, even when the craftsman isn't striving consciously to produce art."

He added: "After more than a half-century of hammering silver, Reinhardt appears to be having fun with it by seeing how far he can push traditional silversmithing techniques. It's inspiring to encounter an artist so long at the bench who not only still enjoys his work but who continues to grow in its practice."

Reinhardt began studies at the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (as the art school was then known). He left during World War II to work as a draftsman and to serve in the Marines as a drill instructor.

He returned to school after the war, earning his degree and staying to teach. When he retired, he was named professor emeritus and made an honorary doctor of fine arts.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel; two children, five grand-children; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard H. Reinhardt Scholarship Fund at the University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102.

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Artisan Happenings

Sue Amendolara received a 1999 Individual Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Sue and her husband Bill Mathey have a new son, Anthony, who was born on September 14, 1998.

Michael Banner, Robert Farrell, and Michel Royston will be showing at the Smithsonian Craft Show, April 15-18.

Rhode Island Artisan Boris Bally received the state's only 1999 Fellowship Grant in Design.

Cynthia Eid and Billie Jean Theide won Web pages in Silverhawk's latest craft competition. The interactive sites include photos of the artists and their work, statements, résumés, and more. The entire Silverhawk exhibit and entry forms for the upcoming competition (deadline is March 25, 1999) can be accessed from the following addresses. Because the Silverhawk partners are craftsmen who have become Web site designers, they understand the needs of craftspeople and have a wish to stimulate public appreciation of fine crafts.

Visit Cynthia's page on the Silverhawk site at http://www.silverhawk.com/ex98/eid-c
Visit Billie's page at http://www.silverhawk.com/ex98/theib

Cynthia and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray are the only artists from the United States participating in the 12th Silver Triennial 1998. The international exhibition of silversmithing opened on May 17, 1998, at the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus in Hanau, Germany. It is traveling to Pforzheim, Budapest, Prague, Schoonhoven, and Antwerp. Cynthia's Folded Servers and Veins II (Seder Plate) and Myra's Two Candleholders (I and II) are among the 110 works by 81 metalsmiths from 15 countries.

A beautiful, hardcover, 100-page catalog (in German and Eng- lish) has 33 black-and-white photos and listings of all artists and their work. It is available by sending $20.00 US cash to: Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Alstadter Markt 6, 63450 Hanau, Germany.

The Metalhead Society sponsored an exhibition featuring metalwork in four areas of new techniques and technologies': Hydraulic Press, Precious Metal Clay, Fold Forming, and Transfer Etching. Cynthia received an award for metalwork utilizing fold forming techniques. Sue Amendolara received an award for her work in precious metal clay. Prizes were awarded by Charles Lewton-Brain, Lee Marshall of Bonny Doon, and Mitsubishi Corporation. Glenda Arentzen and Tim McCreight juried the show at the Danforth Gallery in Portland, Maine, in September of 1998.

Three Artisans are finalists in the 1999 Niche Awards: Cynthia Eid in three categories: Teapots, Judaica, and Jewelry–Silver, William Frederick for Judaica, and Robly Glover in two categories: Teapots and Metal–Holloware.

Over 1,100 entries were juried in the program which recognizes the outstanding achievements of artists from the U.S. and Canada. Each entry was judged for technical excellence and creativity, both in surface design and form, as well as market viability—a direct result of unique and original thought.

Valentin Yotkov will be teaching workshops on the basics of chasing and repoussé. Techniques will include shaping, hardening, tempering, and polishing your own tools from square or round steel stock, as well as preparation and use of a pitch bowl. Step-by-step instruction will progress to creating your own designs on jewelry and holloware, using liners, embossing, modeling, and matting punches. The ten classes, which cost $360, run from April 27–July 27, and April 28–July 28. Students have a choice of four sessions: Tuesdays from 2–5 pm or 6–9 pm, and Wednesdays from 2–5 pm or 6–9 pm. For more information, contact Valentin Yotkov Studio, 154 Carroll St., Brooklyn, New York 11231, 718/852-8640, e-mail: VYotkov@AOL.com.

Supplier News

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Jeffrey Herman, who specializes in silver restoration and conservation, has tested the fluxes and says, "These soldering and brazing fluxes are what the industry desperately needs. Many times, safe alternatives in our field tend to come up short on the performance end. These fluxes performed very well and cleaned up easily. They cost no more than their hazardous counterparts containing fluorides, chlorides, and other harmful ingredients. And even if they were more expensive, wouldn't you buy them anyway for increased safety and disposal?"

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