Marguerite Wildenhain was the first woman to receive the designation as Master Potter in pre-World War II Europe. She was the first female master at the Weimar Bauhaus, working with famous architect Walter Gropius. Marguerite left Germany in the late 1930s and eventually accepted an invitation from Gordon and Jane Herr to help create a 140-acre experimental art colony in Guerneville. Although the art colony did not survive, Marguerite purchased the land and buildings at Pond Farm and retained a life estate in the property after DPR’s acquisition of the 5700 acre site which became Austin Creek SRA.

Tasks: Join the team of interested volunteers in assisting with new and exciting projects happening at Pond Farm. Volunteers have helped write our Pond Farm Volunteer Manual, and design interpretive walks. Their insight has helped also helped us with the building restabilization and restoration plans, pottery exhibits, and archiving. 

Meeting times: Join us for current projects and updates at our monthly meetings held at the Stewards' Volunteer Office. 

Training and requirements: No prior knowledge or training is necessary! Contact our Executive Director Michele Luna for information on getting involved. New volunteers are required to attend one General Orientation, and encouraged to attend our affordable seminars to further their education. All new volunteers are required to complete and turn in a hard copy of the CA State Parks DPR 208 paperwork. Read our Volunteer Handbook for more information about becoming a volunteer. 

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Contact Kat Rawhouser via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


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