Pond Farm, consisting of Marguerite Wildenhain’s home, ceramics studio, workshop and school located within a California state park, has just been named to the National Register of Historic Places. What is especially noteworthy is that Pond Farm has been found to be nationally significant for its association with the development of the Studio Pottery Movement, the emergence of ceramics as an important art form, and the internationally significant contributions of Wildenhain.
This designation affirms our belief that Pond Farm holds enormous potential to tell compelling stories relating to art and arts education, women’s history, Jewish history, and above all, perseverance in the pursuit of excellence.
Another boon to Pond Farm is its inclusion in “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism”, a major new exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. The show highlights the role of six “design hubs” across the United States that were critical in the dissemination of Modernist design principals from the 1930s to 1950s. Most of these hubs are familiar to many: the Walker Art Center, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Arts & Architecture magazine, Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and Chicago’s Institute of Design. The sixth site is none other than Pond Farm. Anthony Veerkamp presented on Pond Farm’s contributions to the Modernist movement at a gallery talk at the Museum on July 25.
These two public awareness boosters follow the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s commitment of nearly $450,000 to stabilize the long-neglected Pond Farm.
These accomplishments are the result of hard work and close collaboration between the National Trust, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, the California State Parks Foundation, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Our shared vision remains to transform Pond Farm into a well-maintained and engaging historic site with strong community support and a sustainable management plan. And with these recent developments, we are optimistic as ever that we will succeed in following Marguerite Wildenhain’s example in overcoming adversity to make something, in her words, "of lasting beauty and utility."