1912 - 2004
1912 Born April 15 near Aransas Pass, Texas
1916 Moved with family to San Antonio
1929 Graduated from Breckenridge High School
1929-30 Attended San Antonio Junior College
1931 Joined Archaeological Society of the Witte Museum, San Antonio, and participated in excavations of ancient Basketmaker Indian mounds and caves in the Big Bend area of Texas
1933 Taught by Rudolf Staffel to make wheel-thrown pottery.
Setup studio in a streetcar behind the Witte Museum and began teaching children’s ceramic classes at ten cents a lesson.
1937-39 Appointed Superintendent of Ceramic Installations for N.Y.A./W.P.A. reconstruction project in San Antonio
1943 Moved from streetcar studio to new facilities in the reconstructed Ruiz House on the grounds of the Witte Museum and began teaching adult ceramics classes
Began firing to stoneware temperatures
1947-54 Exhibited each year in the annual National Ceramic Exhibition, Syracuse Museum of Art
1951 Exhibited at the National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
1952 Toured ceramic centers and academic programs throughout the United States
1953 “Opening the Door to Copper-Reds” by Harding Black published in the January issue of Ceramics Monthly
“Harding Black Profile” published in the February issue of Ceramics Monthly
1954 “Iron Spotted Glazes” by Harding Black published in the February issue of Ceramics Monthly
1955 Built personal studio at 8212 Broadway, San Antonio
Retired from teaching at the Witte Museum, San Antonio
1956 Exhibited at the National Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.
1961 “Lava Glazes” by Harding Black published in the October issue of Ceramics Monthly
1964 “Harding Black: Texas Potter” by Jean R. Lange published in the November issue of Ceramics Monthly
1971 The Meyer Family: Master Potters of Texas, Trinity University Press, co-authored by Harding Black and Georgeanna H. Greer
1980 Harding Black’s biographical information entered into the archives of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1983 Harding Black traveled throughout China
1984 Awarded Glaze Research Grant by Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio
1985 Solo exhibition at the Southwest Crafts Center
1987 Selected as “Artist of the Year” by the San Antonio Art League
1988 Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, established Harding Black Fund to provide financial assistance to ceramics students
1990 “Harding Black: Pottery Pioneer”, by Thomas Turnquist published in the Journal of the American Art Pottery Association (Volume V, No. 5)
1991 Elected Honorary Member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
“Sixty Years of Discovery”, cover article by Harding Black with essay by Paul A. McCoy and interview with William Daley and Rudolf Staffel published in the December issue of Ceramics Monthly
Retrospective exhibition presented in the Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Exhibition catalogue, “Harding Black: In Celebration”, published by Baylor University
1993 Harding Black ceramics included in the Texas Clay II exhibition and catalogue, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
1995 Harding Black gifted his personal pottery collection and entire body of glaze research to Baylor University, Waco, TX
1998 Retrospective exhibition with accompanying catalogue presented at Haggar Gallery, University of Dallas, Irving, TX in conjunction with the annual conference for NCECA (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts)
2000 Flame-glazed bowl by Harding Black published in Robin Hopper’s third edition of Daniel Rhodes’s Clay and Glazes for the Potter (Krause Publications)
2004 Harding Black died of respiratory failure on May 2
Formulas for Harding Black’s orange-peel oxblood and oilspot glazes published in The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes by John Britt (Lark Books)