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Harding Black exhibited a spirit of artistic integrity and dedication to excellence in his craft and was revered as a pioneer of American studio ceramics. As a continuing tribute to his life and work, Baylor University is committed to developing the most comprehensive and accessible collection of Harding Black ceramics and archival materials in the world.

With your help the collection and archive will honor Black's creative life and enhance the work and research of our outstanding faculty and student artists drawing worldwide attention to the visual arts at Baylor. Your gifts to the Harding Black Ceramic Fund will support several initiatives such as:

  • Programs, symposia and lectures featuring artists, researchers, historians and collectors
  • Research and contribution to scholarly publications regarding testing and extensions
  • Establishment of an endowment for the further acquisition of archival materials and Harding Black ceramics

Looking Toward the Future

As the Harding Black Ceramics Collection and Archive grows, the department of art and the Martin Museum of Art in which the collection will be displayed will need room to grow as well. Our hope is that as interest in the collection and archive increases through the support of the Harding Black Ceramic Fund, we can work toward possible larger endowment support for enhancing facilities, financing administrative personnel and expanding the original initiatives inspired by the artistic vision of Harding Black.

If you are interested in learning more about the future of the Harding Black Ceramics Collection and Archive, please contact University Development at 254-710-2561 or

Further, we welcome and encourage submission of all materials and information regarding the life and work of Harding Black. For more information on physical contributions, please contact Paul McCoy, Professor of Art and Ceramist-in-Residence, at 254-710-4415 or

Harding Black Collection and Archive