Don Reitz is recognized as one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of this century. He is represented in numerous museum collections including the Smithsonian Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the American Craft Museum and the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Born in 1929, he was trained at Alfred University in the early 1960s. Reitz has pursued a life-long investigation of salt and wood firing preserving the energy and freshness of his artistic marks and gestures. After teaching for twenty-six years at the University of Wisconsin, Reitz moved his studio to Clarkdale, Arizona.