Jim King and Rafael Oletta have commissioned me to design a tile facade for Angel Falls Coffee Shop. We are in the design phase now. My students in Introduction to Ceramics are creating maquettes of the front of Angel Falls. Their ideas are fanciful views of how they see the coffee shop. Dominic Falcione of..
2001-2007 The biggest change in the ceramic program during the years 2001 to 2007 was the introduction of technology. In spring 2002 the University published class lists with email addresses along with telephone numbers. In subsequent semester the telephone number has been eliminated. In spring of 2003 Donna was provided with her first laptop computer..
SPRING 1990 Stephen Csejtey, Cathy Vogel and Lisa Papp among others took Donna’s Introduction to Ceramics class. Donna taught Ceramics II: students included: Faith Albert, Jon Horn, Kathy Ilg, Susanne Rowan and Sandy Fox Advanced Ceramics: Kyle Dick, Kurt Fennell, Brian Hedges, James Klein, Andrea Preis, David Reid, Ingeborg Wegner, Charles Pillitiere, and Stacy Hunter..
Summer 1980 “Kathy Ricks taught a mold making and slip casting class. I took the class and thought it was great. Kathy was very organized which was very helpful in learning to make molds.” Donna Webb SPRING 1980 As of June 30, 1980 the Potters Guild Fund had a balance of $957.15. This money was..
On February 7, 2013. The New Jim Crow Reading Group met for the last time. We had a potluck supper, attended Story Circles at Guzzetta Hall, University of Akron led by members of the Color Line Committee on the theme of “losing freedom” and finally attended the lecture by Michelle Alexander, author of The New..
Abstract for talk to the I.B. Seminar April 5, 2013 How does my work depend on biomimicry? I will use the general definition, describing a process that mimics nature. In the most general way all of my forms are based on observation of nature. But I will focus my discussion today on the design principals..
Story Circles for Cascade Village Public The project, Cascade Village Public Art was funded by a Knight Foundation grant to strengthen the community at Cascade Village and explore the need for public art there. Cascade Village is a Project Hope, mixed- income community that replaced the old Elizabeth Park Public Housing Project. During my..
Lauer Building The Lauer murals have the theme of Howard Street. The Theme came from Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority and was strongly supported by the firm of Braun and Steidl, architects. I worked directly with Janna Ammole of Braun and Steidl and with Carrie Albanese of Deitrich and Associates Design. Each floor represents a different aspect of Howard Street which was once the thriving center of African American life and business in Akron. Along with theatre students I participated in Story Circles to learn the lived experience of growing up in African American neighborhoods in Akron.
Fall 1970 Larry Calhoun was hired to teach ceramics. Larry allowed Donna Webb, who was still a student in the MFA program at the University of Michigan, to work in the studio during the year 70-71. Michael Vatalaro was among those in Larry’s first advanced class. Spring 1971 Advanced Ceramics included Mike Vatalaro, Peg (Averill)..
I have been thinking about writing a history of the ceramics program at the University of Akron for several months but now that I am starting on June 25, 2006, I feel that it is a daunting task. I’m not an historian and I would feel much more at home in my studio. However taking..
Linda Barrett, Associate Professor of Geography designed a map at my request. She made two maps, above is Elizabeth Park from an aerial photograph taken in 1952. Below this map is another, a satellite view of Cascade Village taken in 2011. Residents will view the maps as a way of remembering how the landscape..