BiographyEd Traynor studied at Cranbrook, and in 1957 oversaw the beginning of the Pond Farm summer workshops founded by Marguerite Wildenhain. He earned an MA degree from UCLA, taught at Pasadena City College (1956-1965), and then later UCLA until 1973. He has made his living as a studio potter since that time first in San Bernardino, CA, from 1973-1974 and then Riverside, CA, 1994-present.
The lidded jar Ed Traynor donated to the Pond Farm Collection is entitled “Ode to Marguerite.” It was produced with a copper wood ash glaze so is green in color with a text imprinted on the unglazed portion of the jar. The text reads:
The weathered old barn stands silently through scorching summer heat, winter rain and woeful neglect. Within, like mute sentinels the potters’ wheels line the walls. No more eager feet dance to the rhythm of the flywheels. No hands strain to center moise clay on worn oak wheel heads. All is quiet.
Cold muffle tubes guard the rusted Denver kiln like a tomb. A youthful potter once reached into its depths, placing pots to fire. No more. Now the clay is gone and potters only imagine their spent summers here.
Marguerite is dead. Yet the Pond Farm legacy lives on each time a potter touches clay and remembers. – Ed Traynor, 2001
Source of BiographyRipples: Marguerite Wildenhain and her Pond Farm Students. Curated by Billie Sessions. San Bernardino, CA: California State University, 2002; Pond Farm Collection: Works of Art Created by Students Who Studied with Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Studio. Text by Jane Kemp. Decorah, IA: Luther College, 2003