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Pewabic Pottery

Artwork Details

circa 1917
Pewabic Pottery
stoneware with blue-gray mottled iridescent glaze
11 5/16 x 8 x 8 in. (28.7 x 20.2 x 20.2 cm);12 1/4 x 9 5/16 in. (31 x 23.6 cm);11 5/16 x 8 x 8 in. (28.7 x 20.2 x 20.2 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

On Display

Not currently on display


This piece was purchased by Miss Katherine N. Rhoades on behalf of Charles Lang Freer on August 12, 1919 for $70.00 and was given by Freer to Mrs. Henry O. Havemeyer. According to Mary Chase Stratton, Freer had asked her "to make something showing Han influence." She made two jars of which this was one. This vessel was purchased by Emil L. Lorch at the Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer estate sale on April 22, 1930, at 1 East 66th Street, New York City.
Painting with Fire: Pewabic Vessels in the Margaret Watson Parker Collection by Thomas W. Brunk, 1995

Subject Matter:

The first quarter of this century saw the rise of a number of art potteries in the United States, a facet of the international Arts and Crafts Movement. Founded in Detroit in 1907 by Mary Chase Stratton (employing her married name of Perry at a later date) and Horace James Calkins, the Pewabic Pottery concentrated on hand-built vessels whose shapes were largely derived from traditional Asian ceramics. Under Marry Chase Stratton’s artistic direction, these refined forms were combined with a rich variety of iridescent glazes that became the Pottery’s hallmark.
Most of the works in the Museum of Art’s Pewabic collection come from Margaret Watson Parker, a Detroit-area collector and associate of Charles Lang Freer. Mrs. Parker’s bequest to the University of Michigan included numerous Pewabic works selected personally for her by Mary Chase Stratton for their quality and beauty. Several additional pieces of Pewabic ware came to the University from the collection of H.O. Havemeyer.

Physical Description:

Ceramic vessel with rounded body, long thick neck and wide lip. Two decorative bands encircle the body of the vessel and two encircle the neck near the shoulder. Vessel is covered with mottled iridescent glaze in shades of dark blue.

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