Two complementary retrospectives were on view in one gallery—the work of renowned American designer craftsman, woodworker Sam Maloof and of respected potter Martha Longenecker.
In the 1940s both were protégés of and inspired by Claremont, California ‘s famed plein airartist Millard Sheets. Hired to make silk screens for Mr. Sheets, Sam Maloof became acquainted with Martha Longenecker. Longenecker, who had established her own ceramics studio in Claremont, made wheel-thrown stoneware forms that were exhibited nationally over 20 years through the Dalzell Hatfield Galleries of New York and Los Angeles. She recalls that Maloof’s first piece of furniture, a kidney-shaped table, was fashioned from found wood. Today his graceful furniture is found in the collections of America ‘s most prestigious museums.
The Sam Maloof exhibition was accompanied by the book, The Furniture of Sam Maloof by Jeremy Adamson.