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Pewabic Pottery

Artwork Details

Pewabic Pottery
stoneware with iridescent glaze
4 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. (12 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm);4 3/4 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. (12 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design


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:

This vessel has a thin mouth that widens to a broad shoulder before tapering to a comparatively slender base. The colors of the glaze include a rich mustard yellow near the mouth, transitions to iridescent shades of purple o the shoulder and then a deep celadon green on the lower portion of the vessel.

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