Category Archives: Student Artwork in UArts Publications

Student Work in the School Catalogs: Metalwork of Frederic Charles Clayter

This is the second of a series of UArts Libraries blog posts we’ll write about student artwork in the school catalogs. Some students will be well-known and others less so, but the work will always be interesting.

Copper and German silver jewel casket with green stone enrichments. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a pupil of the school. PMSIA catalog 1913-14
Copper and German silver jewel casket with green stone enrichments. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a pupil of the school. PMSIA catalog 1913-14

Frederic Charles Clayter (1890-1978) attended the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts College of Art, Media & Design) from 1911-12 through 1913-14, studying metalwork, a program begun in 1903.  Shortly after leaving PMSIA, Clayter began a long career as a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh (1916-1921) and at Carnegie Mellon University (1921-1956)  in industrial design. Industrial design at that time often included crafts such as metalwork and ceramics. In an article from the Journal of Design History**, many former students had fond memories of Professor Clayter.

Silver chalice, set with amethysts. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a student of the school. PMSIA catalog 1915-16.
Silver chalice, set with amethysts. Designed and executed by Frederic Charles Clayter, a student of the school. PMSIA catalog 1915-16.

Considered a master goldsmith, Clayter had continued his studies in metalwork in England for a year and was a first fellow and governor of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. He was the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Artist of the Year in 1953, and earned commissions to create trophies and awards over the years. He continued his work in jewelry design in addition to his work as a faculty member and was an active member of the Pittsburgh art scene.

Police to Get Costly Trophy [by Frederic C. Clayter]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thu, 28 Dec 1939, p. 10, column 2.
Police to Get Costly Trophy [by Frederic C. Clayter]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Thu, 28 Dec 1939, p. 10, column 2.
** Lesko, Jim. “Industrial Design at Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1934-1967.” Journal of Design History 10.3 (1997): 269-92. http://0-www.jstor.org.catalog.library.uarts.edu/stable/1316296

Student Work in the School Catalogs: William S. Rice

"An end of the Central Court. From a pen-and-ink drawing, by W. S. Rice, a pupil in the School."
“An end of the Central Court. From a pen-and-ink drawing, by W. S. Rice, a pupil in the School.”

This is the first of a series of UArts Libraries blog posts we’ll write about student artwork in the school catalogs. Some students will be well-known and others less so, but the work will always be interesting.

Our first choice for this series is the 1894 pen-and ink-drawing above of the courtyard behind Hamilton Hall, done shortly after the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now the UArts College of Art, Media & Design) moved from 1336 Spring Garden Street to 320 South Broad Street.

The drawing is by William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963), a noted California printmaker. Born in Pennsylvania, Rice attended PMSIA in 1893-94 and 1894-95, earning Certificates A and B and multiple school prizes. In addition to the courtyard piece, Rice also did the frontispiece of the 1894-95 PMSIA catalog, seen below. Rice moved to California and is known for California Arts and Crafts-style block prints. See https://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory/artist/1988/William-Seltzer-Rice.html for many images.

William S Rice1894-95 catalog cover
Pen-and-ink drawing of Hamilton Hall by William Seltzer Rice, from the front cover of 1894-95 school catalog.