There are also a host of other marks used over the years. The Arts and Crafts aesthetic that still tends to define art pottery today did not dominate the decorative arts in America in the early part of the twentieth century. 1) in the Newark Museums 1910 Modern American Pottery exhibition, alongside Grueby and Newcomb, reminds us that porcelain was also seen as art pottery. In Massachusetts, Hugh Robertson (18451908) produced a line of austere Chinese-form vases with deceptively simple, richly textured glazes, in a wide range of colors. Professor Isaac Broome, working for Trentons Ott and Brewer, brought the artistic spotlight to ceramic sculpture in 1876.6 Broome, however, only made a few actual pots, preferring busts and figures.
Your best source to find these marks are any of the many books available that chronicle the work of the Roseville USA Pottery Company. Often, you will also find the shape number and the height of the piece impressed in the bottom as seen in the photo above left or notated with the previously mentioned red crayon. Walter Scott Lenox ran his Ceramic Art Company in the same way Rookwood and Grueby were run, with different segments of the production process assigned to specific people or groups of people, from glaze chemists and potters to kiln-loaders to decorators. Never profitable, Robertsons art pottery was subsidized by the popular blue and white crackled dinnerware lines developed in the 1890s that bore the Dedham name. Just as was true with painterly pots, sculptural art pottery evolved as artistic taste and aesthetic ideology changed over time.
The impressed mark above is a Roseville Pine Cone 18" ewer, shape number 416. His aesthetic goals were similar (to make art from clay), and his desire to balance art and commerce was the same. His volcanic line was closer to studio pottery than art pottery, lacking the technical predictability that was a necessity for an art pottery that relied on consistency from the kiln.4 In France, Adrien Dalpayrat (18441910), who was born and trained as an artist and china painter in Limoges, focused on a high-fired (grand feu) vitreous stoneware (grs) body and simple forms covered with superb glazes (Fig. Among the many European art potters who worked in sculptural ceramics, Clment Massier (18451917) established his first ceramic studio in 1872 in Vallauris in the Golfe Juan area of the French Riviera, and became famous for his metallic luster glazes (Fig. Massier moved from the Japanism of the 1870s to the Art Nouveau of the 1890s, producing sculptural vessels that shimmered with surfaces unlike any other in the world.
We sell Art Pottery, specializing in Hull, Mc Coy, Nippon, Red Wing, Rookwood, Roseville, Shawnee, Van Briggle and Weller Pottery. Most of the items which we carry in our Mall are collectible grade and are free from chips, flakes, hairline cracks, and heavy crazing. Like them, he was influenced by contemporary taste, and he was deeply involved in current ceramic technology. 3: Worcester Royal Porcelain Works, Worcester, England. 4) that gained him a bronze medal in the 1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago and a gold medal in the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.5 Even George Ohr (18571918) from Mississippi was clearly knowledgeable about Chinese forms and glazes. Purchase 1999 Friends of the Decorative Arts (99.17). 11: Ruth Erickson for the Grueby Pottery Company, Boston, Mass. One student of Massiers, Jacques Sicard, would take the secret of these glazes to America and build his own reputation with them in the early twentieth century.
They aren’t selling them anymore, which is a tragedy and made me even less inclined to toss the tank in question.
After trying in vain to get it back to white, I decided to change the color.
Most people would have (wisely) taken the easy way out on this and dyed it.
Unlike majolica and the vast majority of Western art pottery, most Awaji pottery is robustly hand-thrown, with only small and complex forms molded.
Some of the earlier ware is delicately potted, but the majority of Awaji-ware is more stoutly constructed and pleasantly balanced.