CREATIVITY: Clay, Color, and Word – an M.C. Richards Workshop

This articulately perceptive film brings her close again, makes clear with all her unaggressive power that art is a gate, not a product, wisdom a source, not a judgment.
— Robert Creeley, poet

M.C. Richards: The Fire Within produced by Richard Kane and potter/filmmaker Melody Lewis-Kane is an adventure into discovering the source of our own creativity told through the life of Mary Caroline Richards (1916-1999). 

In addition to her most famous underground classic Centering: In Pottery, Poetry and the Person, and Toward Wholeness: Rudolf Steiner Education in America, M.C. was a pivotal figure at the famously experimental Black Mountain College serving as head of faculty (1949-51) with those who later became avant garde luminaries in the New York art scene — Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine and Willem deKooning, Jacob Lawrence, Arthur Penn, Robert Motherwell, Merce Cunningham and John Cage among others. 

Read Jeffrey Beam’s full review: http://www.oysterboyreview.org/issue/20/essays/BeamJ-05-Richards_Kane.html

This 60- minute documentary is distributed by Kane-Lewis Productions.

An inspiring film about a brilliant teacher and artist.
— Arthur Penn, director
Richards seems to radiate life. Her indomitable
spirit … is at the core of the film.
— FOUR STARS, Ken Henke, Mountain Xpress , Asheville, NC

CREATIVITY Clay, Color, and Word – an M.C. Richards Workshop


A 70-minute virtually uncut documentation of M.C. Richards' most celebrated workshop. Pure M.C. – totally inspiring. 

Pure M.C. – totally inspiring.
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Sponsored by: Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center and Chester Springs Studio.

With support from: the Humanities-and-the-Arts initiative, administered by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and funded principally by the Pennsylvania Arts Council; the North Carolina Humanities Council; the New York Council for the Humanities; the Rudolf Steiner Foundation; the Rudolf Steiner Institute; the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. and many individuals.