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American Art Pottery

The first quarter of the twentieth 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 (later Perry) and Horace James Calkins, the Pewabic Pottery concentrated on hand-built vessels whose shapes were largely derived from traditional Asian ceramics; 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’s collection come from Margaret Watson Parker, for whom they were personally selected for their quality and beauty by Mary Chase Stratton.

Ann Arbor-based Markham Pottery was founded by Herman C. Markham, who, in the mid-1880s, began working with the clay in his yard to create utilitarian vases with an understated beauty. By 1905, Markham was joined in the enterprise by his son Kenneth. Their pottery consisted of a low-fired ceramic body based on classical forms decorated with a distinctive webbing of low relief clay that is part of the mold. Usually fired with matte glazes in earthen colors and stains, the delicacy of Markham ware made their products quite popular.

Rookwood Pottery is one of the oldest fine art potteries in the United States. It was founded in 1880—at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement—in Cincinnati, Ohio by Maria Longworth Nichols, and soon became America’s foremost art pottery. Rookwood was the first pottery to hire a chemist to develop its distinctive glazes, and also employed professional artists, among them several Japanese craftsmen. Although Rookwood Pottery won its reputation for its early hand-painted pottery, many of its later vessels were production wares made for a broad audience; by the 1920s nearly every local bride had a piece of Rookwood pottery among her wedding gifts.

Two-handled ceramic vase covered with iridescent glaze in muted grays and creams
Pewabic Pottery
Vase with two handles
1906
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.195
Footed vessel with round body and covered in iridescent muddy gray-ish glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1930 – 1940
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.181
Footed bowl-shaped vessel covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze in gray-ish blue
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl
1923
stoneware with matte and iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.166
Footed vessel with round body, small lip and wide mouth covered in iridescent cracked gray-ish blue glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with crackled glaze
4 11/16 x 7 1/16 in. (11.8 x 17.9 cm);6 5/16 x 8 5/16 in. (15.9 x 21 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Bottle-shaped vessel with long narrow neck and small mouth covered in an iridescent glaze in two tones, with a light silver-gray glaze on upper half and dark brownish glaze on bottom half of vessel
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stonware with iridescent glaze
12 5/8 x 6 x 6 in. (32 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm);12 5/8 x 6 x 6 in. (32 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm);x 19 5/16 in. x 49 cm
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Ceramic vessel with rounded shoulder and wide mouth covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze that creates an appearance of irregular patches of color in shades of blue.  The rings of the thrown clay can be seen beneath the glaze.<br />
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1920
stonware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.177
Ceramic vessel with rounded shoulder, large mouth and no neck or lip covered with heather green-gray glaze. The rings of the thrown clay can be seen beneath the glaze.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1923
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.176
This is a tall vase with an oval shaped body. It has a short neck with a flat banded lip and the shoulder has a distinct, but rounded edge. It has a dark blue glaze and the upper portion has a golden iridescent color. The surface of the pottery is very rough with bumps and rough patches.
Pewabic Pottery
Pewabic Vase
1909 – 1930
stoneware with iridescent glaze
1997/1.186
Cylindrical vessel with striated glaze. The rings of the thrown clay can be seen beneath the glaze.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase with crackled glaze
1900 – 1930
stoneware with pale green glaze
Transfer from the School of Art and the College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
1997/1.296
Ceramic vessel with wide mouth and rounded shoulder covered in a dark blue-gray mat glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl
porcelaneous clay body with "flowing mat" glaze in shades of blue-grey
3 9/16 x 5 7/16 in. (8.9 x 13.8 cm);5 3/16 x 7 3/16 in. (13.1 x 18.2 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

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<p>Inkwells </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

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<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet I: Shelf 1
<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

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<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 2
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet J: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 1
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 2
<p>Religious Sculpture from India</p>

Cabinet K: Shelf 3
<p>Art of Islam</p>

Cabinet L: Shelf 1
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

Cabinet M: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

Cabinet M: Shelf 3
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

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<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 1
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

Cabinet O: Shelf 3
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

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<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 1
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 2
<p>Apostle Spoons and American Silver</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 3
<p>Modernist Glass and American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet R: Shelf 4
<p>American Plaster Casts</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 1
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 2
<p>Tiffany Glass</p>

Cabinet S: Shelf 3
<p>American Silver</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 1
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet T: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

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<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 2
<p>American Art Pottery</p>

Cabinet U: Shelf 3
<p>Native American Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 1
<p>The Human Figure in African Art</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 2
<p>African Miniature Masks</p>

Cabinet V: Shelf 3
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 1
<p>The Head in African Art</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Helmut Stern Collection</p>

Cabinet W: Shelf 4
<p>African Masks and Masquerades</p>

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<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 2
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 3
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

Cabinet X: Shelf 4
<p>Modern Sculpture</p>

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<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

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<p>Contemporary Art</p>

10 Collection Object Sources

Vase (1972/2.181)
Bowl (1972/2.166)
Vase (1972/2.186)
Vase (1972/2.173)
Vase (1972/2.177)
Vase (1972/2.176)
Pewabic Vase (1997/1.186)
Bowl (1954/1.480)

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