Reminiscences of Alphonse Mattia 1985

 

Name
Mattia, Alphonse (Interviewee)
Polsky, Richard M (Interviewer)
Title
Reminiscences of Alphonse Mattia 1985
Abstract
Description of childhood in inner-city Philadelphia; relationship with and influence of Italian immigrant father, impact on choice of career; reflections on Catholic school education; part-time work in hobby shop building models; decision to go to art school; pre-college summer program at Philadelphia College of Art (PCA), 1965; recollections of PCA 1965-1969; description of student and teacher wor k at PCA; first interest in industrial design; decision to major in woodworking; orientation of department to natural and organic based imagery, influence of Scandinavian Modern; interest in making one-of-a-kind objects; recognition in group exhibitions after finishing college; participation in "The Peace Show," Philadephia Museum of Art, 1970; selling of first pieces; work as foreman for actor's group restoring theatre; work in occupational therapy department at University of Pennsylvania; decision to go to Rhode Island School of Design for graduate school, MFA in industrial design, 1971-1973; influence of Professor Tage Frid; work at Virginia Commonwealth University teaching woodworking, 1973-76; reflections on development of work; discussion of differences between wood and furniture, decision not to make furniture; theory on history of wood movement; reflections on other woodworkers/ artists; creation of Society of Furniture Artists; discussion of woodworking programs around the country; resignation from Virginia Commonwealth University, 1976; work at School of Artisanry, Boston University, (cont.) recollections of students and teachers; direction of school; self-description as teacher; interest in making more spiritually oriented work; conflicts and difficulties of working with an assistant; relationship with galleries; accessibility of work.
Collection Name
American craftspeople project
Subjects
Woodworkers; Industrial design; Woodwork--Study and teaching; Furniture making; Arts and crafts movement; Mattia, Alphonse; Philadelphia College of Art; Virginia Commonwealth University; Boston University
Format
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre
Interviews
Date
1985
Note (Biographical)
Woodworker.
Note
Interviewed by Richard M. Polsky on July 5, 1985.
Note (Provenance)
Alphonse Mattia, Gift 1990
Language
English
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Catalog Record
13672757
Also In
Oral History Archives at Columbia
Time-Based Media
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-dfde-n786
Related URLs
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