Monumental vase

Accession Number

Monumental vase

Pewabic Pottery

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
stoneware with iridescent over matt glaze

42 9/16 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (108 x 31 x 31 cm);19 5/16 x 12 3/16 x 13 in. (49 x 30.8 x 33 cm);42 9/16 x 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (108 x 31 x 31 cm)

Credit Line
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

Subject matter
Pewabic Pottery was founded in Detroit Michigan by Mary Chase Stratton, an artist of the Arts and Crafts movement. She was encouraged by art collector, Charles Lang Freer, to experiment with iridescent glazing effects. Using a special reduction kiln developed by her partner, Horace J. Caulkins, she referred to her experimentation with iridescent glazes as "painting with fire". She described the glaze on this vase as " "21. Blue grey smooth surace with iridescent glow and high lights. Full glaze over prefired semi matt glaze with cobalt ox."

Physical Description
This is a 44.5 cm high ceramic vase. The body has an oval shape with a small rounded band as its base. The shoulder area has a rounded edge and a small flat band at the bottom of the neck. There is a short neck with a rounded, overhanging lip at the top. The vase is covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matt glaze that creates an appearance of irregular patches of color. It has a lilac, or lavender blue appearance. The rings of the thrown clay can be seen beneath the glaze.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

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modern and contemporary art
pottery (visual works)
stoneware (pottery)

1 Related Resource

Cabinet U: Shelf 1
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet U ➜ Shelf 1