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Full Circle - Pond Farm Revisited in Healdsburg

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Full Circle - Pond Farm Revisited in Healdsburg

Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited, an exhibition of pottery by the alumni of Pond Farm presented by Healdsburg Center for the Arts and Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods 

Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited explores the common elements uniting a particular group of curiously bound potters; they all began their training at approximately the same time and at the same place – at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with Dean Schwartz – and they each found their way across the country to Pond Farm in Armstrong Woods in Sonoma County, to study with Marguerite Wildendain, where they all spent multiple summers at Pond Farm at approximately the same time, and all of them have spent the intervening 40-plus years since then practicing their craftas full-time, professional potters. 

The similarities and the differences in the work of these potters—Thor Thornson, Peter Hegland, Jeanne and David Aurelius, Kate and Jere Huffman is striking, and yet the common threads their share, having been students of Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm, is evident in this exciting exhibition. 

“For this exhibition, this group of Pond Farmer—Pond Farmers is the name that all former students of Pond Farm Pottery are collectively known as - have created one-of-a-kind pieces of pottery that provide an extensive representation of their work and also communicates the influence that their Pond Farm training has had on their work, lives and livelihoods”, explains C.K.Itamura, Exhibition Chairperson and Board Member for Healdsburg Center for the Arts. “We are grateful to these artists for creating these pieces to share, and for their willingness to travel across the country to share them with us.”

Pond Farm: A National Treasure The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a nationwide program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources. Since 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, California State Parks Foundation, and California State Parks have worked in partnership to revitalize Pond Farm and preserve it for future generations. Pond Farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is also designated a National Treasure. While most historic properties listed in the National Register are significant only at the regional or state level, Pond Farm was found to be nationally significant for its association with Marguerite Wildenhain and her pioneering influence on studio pottery in the United States.

“Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is honored to partner with the Healdsburg Center for the Arts’ Exhibit featuring Pond Farm Pottery students,” said Michele Luna, Executive Director of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. “This wonderful opportunity is helping us bring awareness to our efforts to breathe life into this significant historic site [Pond Farm].”

The Pond Farmer pottery included in Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited is available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization. 

Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited also features a display of several pieces of original pottery by Marguerite Wildenhain, mid-century photos of Pond Farm by famed photojournalist Otto Hagel, contemporary images of Pond Farm, and a period potters wheel built using original blueprints designed by Wildenhain.

Exhibition Dates: March 10 thru April 10, 2016. Admission is free.

Hours: Sunday & Monday 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Tuesday closed, Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Walk Thru With Artists: Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Admission is free.

Closing Tea: Sunday, April 10, 2016 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts, 130 Plaza Street, Healdsburg, California
(707) 431-1970

Marguerite Wildenhain in her Studio

Healdsburg Center for the Arts is a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to creating, inspiring, and promoting the arts through community education programs, events and exhibitions.


PHOTO CREDIT: Historical photo of Pond Farm by Otto Hagel, courtesy of Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods 



Related Events

San Francisco International Airport Museum (SFO Museum) – Concurrently with Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited at Healdsburg Center for the Arts (March 10 thru April 10, 2016)a ten-month exhibition titled A Potters Life: Marguerite Wildenhain is now open and runs at SFO Museum in Terminal 2 thru October 16, 2016 (

Related Events – Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods is holding a fundraising event to benefit the Pond Farm Restoration Project at the Healdsburg Golf Course on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 PM. Tickets to this event are available via Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods by calling (707) 869-9177. Guests planning to attend this event are encouraged to visit Healdsburg Center for the Arts between March 10 - April 10 to see Full Circle: Pond Farm Revisited.