Documentary Features Clay Artist, Professor Emeritus William Daley

Produced by faculty member Tom Porett, 'Mud Architect' shows the 85-year-old making one of his distinctive ceramic pots

October 22, 2010

Produced by Professor of Electronic Media Tom Porett, "Mud Architect" is a short documentary film depicting the art and artistic philosophy of University of the Arts Professor Emeritus William Daley. The 26-minute video shows the 2010 Pew Fellowships in the Arts recipient creating one of his distinctive ceramic pots while discussing his ideas about making art and the continuing struggle to keep invention fresh.

The documentary will be screened on Wednesday, October 27 at noon in Terra Hall's Connolly Auditorium. Daley and Porett will be on hand to answer questions after the film. Daley will also demonstrate how to make one of his signature folded newsprint hats (pictured above and below right), a variation of the boxy pressman hat that was recently featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Copies of the "Mud Architect" DVD (cover shown below left) will also be available for purchase.

Still a working artist at age 85, Daley taught for nearly 40 years at the University of the Arts in both the Industrial Design and Crafts departments, and has been a leading figure in the field of ceramics. In addition to being a 2010 Pew Fellow, he has received numerous other awards and accolades for his career as an educator and ceramic artist, including honorary doctorates from both the University of the Arts and the Maine College of Art, and awards from the College Art Association, American Craft Council, Northern Clay Center and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.

Daley's large, unglazed stoneware vessels can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.; Museum of Art and Design, New York, N.Y.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; National Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pa.; Clayarch Gimhae Museum, Gimhae, South Korea; the Stedelijk Museum's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

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