Bill Smith is remembered as his best teacher at Hillsboro High School. "In ninth grade, Mr. Smith put us all into teams and had us each safely master the metal shop processes. He then expected us to fabricate something we had designed from scratch. Many of us made one-of-a-kind motorized farm machinery using parts from behind the barn or from 'Junk Wiebe's" community srap yard. There were no impossible ideas in Mr. Smith's class."
maintains his own ceramics studio
in Goshen, Indiana. Bartel’s work has been shown in many national,
international and regional exhibitions including the 24th and 25th
Ceramic Nationals, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York; American
Jewelry Today, Scranton, Pennsylvania; Craftsmen of the Central States,
Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York; 9th Annual Own Your Own
Exhibition, Denver Art Museum; 18th Annual Decorative Arts and Ceramics
Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas; Cerritos Ceramic Annual, Cerritos,
California, National Cone Box Show, Kansas University, Lawrence,
Kansas; National Cone Box Show, Purdue University, West Lafayette,
Indiana; and Ceramics International, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Bartel's work is a regularly selected for the Annual Elkhart Juried
Regional Exhibitions, Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart, Indiana.
He won best in ceramics awards in 1992 and 1995.
Bartel authored "A Revolutionary New Kiln" published in Ceramics Monthly in September, 1990. This describes his research and invention of US Patent #4,139,340, Kiln Heat Exchanger. Bartel's kilns significantly reduce fuel usage by using the waste fuel gases to preheat the combustion air up to 2000 F before it is mixed with the fuel.
Since retiring from teaching full-time, Bartel has conducted sessions on creativity, assessment, and/or other teaching topics with teachers in Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Washington D.C., and at a bilingual school in Brazil, South America. He has done design work for a nature center and developed questions and strategies used to motivate creativity with self-instructional art kits.
and Delores enjoy a small orchard and garden. They are participants at
the Eighth Street Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. Their family includes
3 married children (two scientists and a writer). They have six grandchildren.
Bartel is available as a consultant in art education, building design,
and kiln design. He also fills orders for clay tile murals, sink basins, sculpture and other art projects.
See bartelart.com for pottery, custom tile work, building design,
consultation in art education. kiln design, and so on.
See Bartel's Art Education Home Page for
ways to help children learn art, drawing, and pottery.
See Learning to Use the Potter's Wheel
Goshen College Art Department
Goshen College Art Gallery
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