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Potter’s Legacy Designed to Inspire, Integrate Students’ Talents

PHOENIX, AZ.- On his 80th birthday in 2009, master potter Don Reitz envisioned a program designed to enhance art and creative experiences for students and faculty. Considering himself a teacher’s teacher, Reitz wanted his next level of legacy to be a residency program that transcends academic disciplines in a collaborative, inspirational space. Reitz decided to make a gift of four acres of his northern Arizona property near Sedona including a studio and gallery building, eight wood-firing, salt-glazing and gas kilns, and works of art produced by him and other artists to the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, its School of Art and the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center (CRC). Reitz is one of the most highly esteemed clay artists and educators in the United States, recognized worldwide for his inspirational teaching and creative use of clay as a sculptural medium. Born in 1929 in Sunbury, Pa. and raised in rural New Jersey, Reitz has helped shape the face o