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Andrew Weiner

(b Beirut, 1925).

Lebanese painter and writer active in the USA. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, Adnan was educated in Lebanon before going on to study philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and the University of California, Berkeley. For many years she taught aesthetics at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA; she also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities. During the 1970s Adnan regularly contributed editorials, essays, and cultural criticism to the Beirut-based publications Al-Safa and L’Orient-Le Jour. In 1978 she published the novel Sitt Marie Rose, which won considerable acclaim for its critical portrayal of cultural and social politics during the early years of the Lebanese Civil War. Adnan published numerous books of poetry, originating in her opposition to the American war in Vietnam and proceeding to encompass topics as diverse as the landscape of Northern California and the geopolitics of the Middle East. Her poetry served as the basis for numerous works of theater and contemporary classical music....


Margaret Moore Booker

(b Cow Springs, AZ, March 21, 1946).

Native American potter. The daughter of famed Navajo potter Rose Williams, Cling broke with tradition by creating highly polished, red-hued decorative ware in a contemporary style that ushered in a new generation of Navajo art potters (including her two sisters).

After graduating from the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, UT, she married Jerry Cling and worked as a teacher’s aide at the Shonto Boarding School. Initially learning to pot from her mother while a young girl, she became interested in the craft in the 1970s and over time developed an innovative style that reflected her own individual vision.

Cling used the traditional method of coiling and pinching clay into the desired form, then sanded, polished and coated her pottery with piñon pitch. She worked in the small communal room of her home in the Shonto-Cow Springs region of Arizona, watched by her mother, who lived across the highway. Her pots were fired outdoors in an open pit with juniper wood (and sometimes sheep manure) for fuel....


Elizabeth Collard

(b Vancouver, Nov 14, 1943).

Canadian potter. He studied at the Alberta College of Art, Calgary (1964–9). He initially worked in stoneware making utilitarian wares but in 1975 began devoting himself exclusively to the production of individual porcelain items and was one of the first 20th-century Canadian potters to make porcelain his prime medium. Profoundly interested in the oriental tradition, particularly porcelain of the Song dynasty, he searched for self-expression within this aesthetic. His works have such glazes as celadon and temmoku and such motifs as the iris, sometimes used in three-dimensional form on vases, and are marked by technical and aesthetic standards that limit output. Examples of his work were shown in the Canadian pavilion at the Expo ’70 World Fair in Osaka, Japan. In 1972 he taught at the University of Calgary and subsequently at selected workshops. The numerous Canadian awards he has received commend not only his own work but equally his influence in the craft community of Canada. Examples of his work are in the Glenbow–Alberta Institute, Calgary, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh....