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b. 1929 - d. 2014

Donald Lester Reitz (November 7, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American ceramic artist, recognized for inspiring a reemergence of salt glaze pottery in United States. He was a teacher of ceramic art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1962 until 1988. During this period, he adapted the pottery firing technique developed in the Middle Ages, which involved pouring salt into the pottery kiln during the firing stage. The method was taught in European ceramic art schools, but largely unknown in United States studio pottery.

In 1982, Reitz was in a serious car accident involving a truck and was hospitalized for several months. While recovering from his injury, he began to create a series of ceramic pieces that came to be known by a collective name, Sara Period. In 2007, Reitz suffered a heart attack and would undergo close to a dozen surgeries, including a valve replacement. He continued producing works with the help of studio assistants.

Reitz died on March 19, 2014, at the age of 84 of heart failure and was eulogized by The New York Times and the American Craft Council. His works are featured in several museums including the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Ceramic Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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      • DONALD REITZ (American, 1929 – 2014). Studio pottery multi-color drip-glazed, lift-cover, bun shape stoneware dish, Signed at base "Rei
        Feb. 01, 2024

        DONALD REITZ (American, 1929 – 2014). Studio pottery multi-color drip-glazed, lift-cover, bun shape stoneware dish, Signed at base "Rei

        Est: $150 - $250

        DONALD REITZ (American, 1929 – 2014). Studio pottery multi-color drip-glazed, lift-cover, bun shape stoneware dish, Signed at base "Reitz.". Cover has stylized twig handle - D: 12 in.

        Sloans & Kenyon
      • DON REITZ ART POTTERY CHARGER PLATE. SIGNED
        Oct. 18, 2023

        DON REITZ ART POTTERY CHARGER PLATE. SIGNED

        Est: $250 - $350

        DON REITZ Art Pottery Charger Plate. Signed Dimensions: H: 1.5 inches: W: 16.5 inches: D: 16.5 inches --- US Packing and Shipping charge: In house shipping available. Will be calculated once destination known. Plus insurance at a rate of $1 per hundred.

        Uniques & Antiques
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel
        May. 24, 2023

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel

        Est: $400 - $600

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 8 x W 7 1/2 x D 4 inches This lot is located in Chicago. Property from a Private Collection, Chicago, Illinois

        Hindman
      • ATTRIBUTED DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Pipe-form abstract vessel., Salt-fired stoneware, height 17”. Length at base 11”.
        Apr. 19, 2023

        ATTRIBUTED DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Pipe-form abstract vessel., Salt-fired stoneware, height 17”. Length at base 11”.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        ATTRIBUTED DON (DONALD) REITZ Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014 Pipe-form abstract vessel.

        Eldred's
      • Don Reitz, Untitled (Tea Stack)
        Apr. 13, 2023

        Don Reitz, Untitled (Tea Stack)

        Est: $7,000 - $10,000

        Don Reitz Untitled (Tea Stack) c. 2010 glazed stoneware 47.5 h x 19.75 dia in (121 x 50 cm) Incised signature to base 'Reitz'. Provenance: Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO | Acquired from the previous in 1989 by the present owner This work will ship from Los Angeles, California.

        Rago Arts and Auction Center
      • DON REITZ LIDDED POTTER.
        Feb. 28, 2023

        DON REITZ LIDDED POTTER.

        Est: $300 - $500

        A Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) lidded pot. Brown glaze with green accents. Marked on base. 8 3/4" x 7 1/4"

        Quinn's Auction Galleries
      • DON REITZ
        Jan. 28, 2023

        DON REITZ

        Est: $300 - $500

        DON REITZ (American, 1929-2014), wide wing-shaped dish, glazed stoneware, signed ''Reitz'' and initialed to underside. Minor wear to glaze at edges, minor areas of crazing. 9-3/4''w, 8-1/2''d, 1-3/4''h.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • Don Reitz, Vessel
        Dec. 18, 2022

        Don Reitz, Vessel

        Est: $300 - $500

        Don Reitz, Vessel glazed ceramic, signed, 4.5"h

        Clars Auctions
      • Don Reitz, Slab Bowl
        Dec. 18, 2022

        Don Reitz, Slab Bowl

        Est: $500 - $700

        Don Reitz, Slab Bowl glazed stoneware, signed, 10"d

        Clars Auctions
      • Don Reitz, Large Pitcher
        Dec. 18, 2022

        Don Reitz, Large Pitcher

        Est: $500 - $700

        Don Reitz, Large Pitcher salt-glazed stoneware, shino glaze drips, signed, 12"h

        Clars Auctions
      • Donald Lester Reitz, (1929-2014, American), Footed charger, circa 1970s-80s, Bisque stoneware and engobe, 7.5" H x 12.25" W x 12" D
        Nov. 30, 2022

        Donald Lester Reitz, (1929-2014, American), Footed charger, circa 1970s-80s, Bisque stoneware and engobe, 7.5" H x 12.25" W x 12" D

        Est: $500 - $700

        Donald Lester Reitz (1929-2014, American) Footed charger, circa 1970s-80s Bisque stoneware and engobe Incised signature to underside: Reitz 7.5" H x 12.25" W x 12" D

        John Moran Auctioneers
      • DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Pipe-form abstract vessel., Salt-fired stoneware, height 17”. Length at base 11”.
        Nov. 18, 2022

        DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Pipe-form abstract vessel., Salt-fired stoneware, height 17”. Length at base 11”.

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        DON (DONALD) REITZ Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014 Pipe-form abstract vessel.

        Eldred's
      • DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Abstract sculpture, Wood-fired stoneware, height 48”. Width across top 26”.
        Nov. 18, 2022

        DON (DONALD) REITZ (Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014), Abstract sculpture, Wood-fired stoneware, height 48”. Width across top 26”.

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        DON (DONALD) REITZ Wisconsin/Arizona, 1929-2014 Abstract sculpture in the form of a baptismal font with a coiled serpent-like attachment at the top. Signed "Reitz" on base and dated "'01".

        Eldred's
      • DON REITZ, “YAMA NO YUKI," CERAMIC SCULPTURE.
        Sep. 24, 2022

        DON REITZ, “YAMA NO YUKI," CERAMIC SCULPTURE.

        Est: $700 - $900

        Reitz, Don (American, 1929-2014). “Yama No Yuki (Mountain Snow)" ceramic sculpture. Signed "REITZ 01." 11" x 8 3/4" x 7 1/4". Provenance: Purchased from Maurine Littleton Gallery, Washington D.C. in 2001. Includes receipt and appraisal. From a Maryland private collection.

        Quinn's Auction Galleries
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel
        Jul. 28, 2022

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel

        Est: $300 - $400

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 6 1/2 x Dia 5 inches.

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel
        Jul. 28, 2022

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel

        Est: $300 - $400

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Vessel glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz" H 5 3/4 x Dia 4 1/4 inches.

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) 'Punch Out', 1999
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) 'Punch Out', 1999

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) 'Punch Out', 1999 glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz 99' H 9 x W 8 1/2 x D 8 1/4 inches Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Diptych, 2010
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Diptych, 2010

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Diptych, 2010 fired stoneware each example signed 'Reitz 10' H 19 x W 13 x D 2 inches, each Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010 glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz 10' H 4 1/4 x W 11 1/2 x D 10 inches Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist In good, stable, restored condition, with the restoration executed by the artist in 2011

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Slab Bowl, 2010 glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz 10' H 4 x W 12 x D 10 1/4 inches Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist In good, stable, restored condition, with the restoration executed by the artist in 2011

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Three Tea Bowls
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Three Tea Bowls

        Est: $600 - $800

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Three Tea Bowls glazed stoneware each example signed 'Reitz' H 5 x Dia 4 3/4 inches, largest example Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 8 1/4 x W 6 1/4 x D 4 1/2 inches Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Covered Jar, 2008
        May. 25, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Covered Jar, 2008

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Covered Jar, 2008 fired stoneware signed 'Reitz 08' H 13 1/2 x Dia 11 inches Property from the Estate of Robert and Ruth Vogele, Chicago, Illinois Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist

        Hindman
      • DON REITZ (1929-2014) STONEWARE SCULPTURE
        Apr. 23, 2022

        DON REITZ (1929-2014) STONEWARE SCULPTURE

        Est: $700 - $900

        Don (Donald) Reitz (1929-2014) 2010 The Modernist stoneware stand, or sculpture, comprised of a cradled slab glazed in various colors on whimsical unglazed pedestal foot is scratch signed and dated 2010. Measures 4 x 12 x 10.5 inches. We happily provide seamless in-house packing and shipping services on nearly everything we sell. Until further notice, we cannot offer international shipping in-house.

        Dirk Soulis Auctions
      • Don Reitz Ceramic Charger
        Apr. 21, 2022

        Don Reitz Ceramic Charger

        Est: $400 - $600

        (American, 1929-2014) textured, having fields of blue, ivory and brown, splattered glaze, triple border, foot ring, dated to verso "6/6/82", editioned "4/6" and signed to front and verso "Reitz", 22-1/2 in. Provenance: Hunter Museum of Art Silent Auction, Gillette-Frutchev Gallery, Atlanta, purchased for $900 (accompanied by original receipt); Estate of Sharon Mills, Chattanooga, Tennessee

        Brunk Auctions
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) small dish 4 1/4"dia x 1"h
        Apr. 06, 2022

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) small dish 4 1/4"dia x 1"h

        Est: $100 - $200

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) small dish Illinois, 1960s glazed ceramic signed 4 1/4"dia x 1"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Charger
        Nov. 16, 2021

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Charger

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Charger salt-glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 2 x Dia 13 3/4 inches Property from a Private Collector, Lake City, Minnesota

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Large Tea-Stack Vessel
        Nov. 16, 2021

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Large Tea-Stack Vessel

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Large Tea-Stack Vessel salt-glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 28 x Dia13 inches Property from a Private Collector, Lake City, Minnesota

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture
        Nov. 16, 2021

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled Sculpture glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' H 32 1/4 x W 28 1/2 x D 9 inches

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Monumental Tea-Stack
        Nov. 16, 2021

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Monumental Tea-Stack

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Monumental Tea-Stack glazed stoneware H 50 x Dia 20 inches

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) pitcher 8 1/8"w x 7 1/2"d x 12 1/2"h
        Apr. 22, 2021

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) pitcher 8 1/8"w x 7 1/2"d x 12 1/2"h

        Est: $100 - $200

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) pitcher Clarkdale, Arizona glazed ceramic signed 8 1/8"w x 7 1/2"d x 12 1/2"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) vase 4 3/4"w x 3 3/4"d x 9"h
        Apr. 22, 2021

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) vase 4 3/4"w x 3 3/4"d x 9"h

        Est: $150 - $250

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) vase Clarkdale, Arizona glazed stoneware signed 'Reitz' 4 3/4"w x 3 3/4"d x 9"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • DON REITZ ART POTTERY CHARGER PLATE. SIGNED.
        Apr. 13, 2021

        DON REITZ ART POTTERY CHARGER PLATE. SIGNED.

        Est: $200 - $300

        DON REITZ Art Pottery Charger Plate. Signed.-- Dimensions: H: 1.5 inches: W: 16.5 inches: D: 16.5 inches ---

        Uniques & Antiques
      • Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled, 1974
        Mar. 02, 2021

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled, 1974

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) Untitled, 1974 black glazed pottery signed Reitz '74 on base. Height 36 inches.

        Hindman
      • Don Reitz Salt Glazed Art Pottery Vessel
        Jan. 02, 2021

        Don Reitz Salt Glazed Art Pottery Vessel

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014) salt glazed vessel having orange and yellow with cylinder shaped body and revolves with small round opening and minimalist handles. Signed on bottom Reitz.

        Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
      • Don Reitz Large Salt Fired Jar
        Oct. 08, 2020

        Don Reitz Large Salt Fired Jar

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Don Reitz (1929-2014 Arizona) Large Salt Fired Jar Glazed Stoneware 17''x18''. Impressive large wheel thrown and altered form handled jar with splash glazes. Incised signature on bottom. Excellent condition. Collection of Patrick and Darle Maveety, Oregon. Owners and operators of the Maveety Gallery, Salishan.

        MBA Seattle Auction LLC
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) lidded teapot and bowl teapot: 10"w x 7"d x 13"h; bowl: 5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 3"h
        Sep. 02, 2020

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) lidded teapot and bowl teapot: 10"w x 7"d x 13"h; bowl: 5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 3"h

        Est: $500 - $700

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) lidded teapot and bowl Clarkdale, Arizona, 2006 glazed ceramic incised 'Reitz 06' teapot: 10"w x 7"d x 13"h; bowl: 5 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 3"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) centerpiece bowl 14 3/4"w x 13 1/2"d x 6 7/8"h
        Mar. 08, 2020

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) centerpiece bowl 14 3/4"w x 13 1/2"d x 6 7/8"h

        Est: $700 - $900

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) centerpiece bowl Marshall, Wisconsin, circa 1980 glazed ceramic signed to base 14 3/4"w x 13 1/2"d x 6 7/8"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Don Reitz Large Salt Glazed Ceramic Vase
        Feb. 12, 2020

        Don Reitz Large Salt Glazed Ceramic Vase

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Don Reitz (1929-2014). Large studio pottery ceramic vase with a baluster form, split rim, and small decorative handles along the shoulders. Salt-glazed stoneware. Height: 16 in x diameter: 6 1/2 in. SKU: 03728 Follow us on Instagram: @revereauctions

        Revere Auctions
      • Don Reitz Squat Salt Glazed Ceramic Vase
        Feb. 12, 2020

        Don Reitz Squat Salt Glazed Ceramic Vase

        Est: $200 - $300

        Don Reitz (1929-2014). Squat studio pottery ceramic vase. Salt-glazed stoneware. Signed along the underside. Height: 5 in x diameter: 4 1/2 in. SKU: 03729 Follow us on Instagram: @revereauctions

        Revere Auctions
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) vessels, three tallest: 6 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 14"h
        Dec. 08, 2019

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) vessels, three tallest: 6 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 14"h

        Est: $600 - $800

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) vessels, three Marshall, Wisconsin, 1980s matte glazed and unglazed ceramic two signed tallest: 6 1/2"w x 5 1/2"d x 14"h

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
      • Don Reitz (American, Arizona/Wisconsin, 1929 - 2014), "Wide Wing Plate, "ceramic with salt glaze
        Oct. 06, 2019

        Don Reitz (American, Arizona/Wisconsin, 1929 - 2014), "Wide Wing Plate, "ceramic with salt glaze

        Est: $1,400 - $2,400

        Don Reitz (American, Arizona/Wisconsin, 1929 - 2014), "Wide Wing Plate, "ceramic with salt glaze, signed on the bottom, measures 9.50 inches wide. CONDITION: Good, no chips. Don Reitz is recognized as one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of this century. Trained at Alfred University in the early 1960s, Reitz has pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing of his ceramic pieces in order to preserve the energy and freshness of his artistic marks and gestures. Finding that the texture and unpredictability of salt-firing suited his work, Reitz almost single-handedly revived this neglected technique, and through long experimentation developed a range of colors and surface effects previously unknown in salt-firing.

        Huntington Museum of Art
      • Don Reitz. Abstract Composition
        Aug. 10, 2019

        Don Reitz. Abstract Composition

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        (American, 1929-2014). Ceramic, signed "Reitz" lr, 3 x 23 3/4 in., with handmade wooden stand

        Alex Cooper
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel 1993 salt glazed stoneware, incised 'Reitz 93' height 36 1/4in (92cm)
        Apr. 24, 2019

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel 1993 salt glazed stoneware, incised 'Reitz 93' height 36 1/4in (92cm)

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        Paul Soldner (1921-2011) Vase with Torn Rimearthenware, unsignedheight 16 1/2in (42cm)

        Bonhams
      • Peter Callas (born 1951) Tall Double Necked Vessel 1992 glazed stoneware, incised 'Callas 92' height 22 1/2in (57cm)
        Apr. 24, 2019

        Peter Callas (born 1951) Tall Double Necked Vessel 1992 glazed stoneware, incised 'Callas 92' height 22 1/2in (57cm)

        Est: $1,200 - $1,800

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) Vessel1993salt glazed stoneware, incised 'Reitz 93'height 36 1/4in (92cm)

        Bonhams
      • Don Reitz, Exceptional Large Stoneware Vessel
        Dec. 02, 2018

        Don Reitz, Exceptional Large Stoneware Vessel

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        Don Reitz (American, 1929-2014). Untitled - 1987. Exceptional slip painted stoneware vessel in two sections. Apparently unsigned. Accompanied with photographs showing the artist constructing the piece at a special in-situ session held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, GA. Approx. h. 23.25", diam. of opening 3". Provenance: Private Collection, Atlanta, GA; acquired directly from the artist.

        Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
      • DON REITZ (1929-2014) Vessel 1993
        Oct. 25, 2018

        DON REITZ (1929-2014) Vessel 1993

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        DON REITZ (1929-2014) Vessel 1993 salt glazed stoneware, incised ‘Reitz 93’ height 36 1/4in (92cm)

        Bonhams
      • Don Reitz (1929-2014) large bottle-form vessel 11 1/2"dia x 22 1/2"h
        Jun. 24, 2018

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) large bottle-form vessel 11 1/2"dia x 22 1/2"h

        Est: $1,200 - $1,800

        Don Reitz (1929-2014) large bottle-form vessel Clarkdale, Arizona glazed stoneware with cobalt and blue highlights, incised applied surface decoration 11 1/2"dia x 22 1/2"h Provenance: Collection of Jane Brown and the Late Bill Brown, Director of Penland School, Penland, North Carolina, 1962-1983 Purchased by the current owner from Brunk Auctions, 23 May 2013, Lot 668

        Toomey & Co. Auctioneers
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