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It’s official! Ted and I closed on our purchase of the Reitz Ranch this week!

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It’s a 13+ acre property situated right on the Verde River in the Cottonwood/Jerome/Sedona area of Arizona. Inhabited by the late artist Don Reitz, it has a ranch house, a historic bunkhouse with studio/gallery, and one of the most complete wood fired/salt/large piece ceramic kiln complexes in private hands. Plus a steam train that comes through twice daily and bald eagles that soar over the river.

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There is much written by people a lot more qualified than us that details Don Reitz’s impact on the evolution of the ceramic art form in the past century. You can find parts of his story on his web site,  a list of his awards, honors, residencies, and more here, or his obituary in the New York Times, all that gives a glimpse into what he meant to the modern art world.  The rest of the story remains in hearts of his family and the multitude of artists whose lives he touched, stories we look forward to hearing.

We’ve already received an enormous amount of interest in use of the facility from artists and universities across the country, and will be working with all to figure out the best approach to restarting firings, workshops, and other operations. We feel privileged to help ensure Don’s legacy, and this centuries old art form and techniques, not only continue but to thrive.

Our deep gratitude goes out to Brent and Donna Reitz for working with us through the purchase and transition of Reitz Ranch.  An amazing family!

 

Peter Held, Donna Reitz, Sheryl Leigh-Davault, and Brent Reitz

 

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