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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.

Bottle-shaped vessel with foot, bulbous body and long neck covered in an iridescent light brown-ish glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1918
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.179
Square ceramic tile with iridescent blue glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Tile
stoneware with iridescent glaze
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (9.5 x 9.5 cm);2 3/16 x 5 1/4 in. (5.5 x 13.2 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Footed bowl with iridescent robin’s egg blue body and gold interior
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl
stoneware with iridescent glaze
2 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (6.8 x 19 x 19 cm);2 11/16 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (6.8 x 19 x 19 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Square ceramic tile with iridescent orange glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Tile
stoneware with orange glaze
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 13/16 in. (9.5 x 9.5 x 2 cm);3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 13/16 in. (9.5 x 9.5 x 2 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
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.
Pewabic Pottery
Monumental vase
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)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Bottle-shaped vessel with short neck, flared lip and small mouth. Vessel is covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze that creates the appearance of irregular patches of color. Vessel has an overall yellow-ish appearance with patches of brown.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with iridescent glaze
8 1/4 x 5 3/16 in. (20.9 x 13.1 cm);9 3/8 x 6 1/8 in. (23.7 x 15.4 cm);8 1/4 x 5 3/16 in. (20.9 x 13.1 cm);x 13 3/8 in. x 33.9 cm
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Ceramic bottle-shaped footed vessel with bulbous body, narrow neck and flared mouth covered in an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze that creates an appearance of irregular patches of color in greens and blues with an overall rose color.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with iridescent glaze
3 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in. (10 x 9 x 9 cm);x 10 11/16 in. x 27.1 cm;3 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in. (10 x 9 x 9 cm);5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm);x 1 5/8 x 1 5/8 in. x 4 x 4 cm;x 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 in. x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Square ceramic tile with iridescent metallic glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Tile
stoneware with iridescent glaze
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3/4 in. (9.5 x 9.5 x 1.8 cm);3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 3/4 in. (9.5 x 9.5 x 1.8 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Footed vessel with round body, short neck and flared mouth covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze that creates an appearance of irregular patches of color. It has an overall blue-green appearance. The rings of the thrown clay can be seen beneath the glaze.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with iridescent glaze
12 1/4 x 9 5/16 x 9 5/16 in. (31 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm);13 9/16 x 11 3/16 in. (34.4 x 28.4 cm);12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm);12 1/4 x 9 5/16 x 9 5/16 in. (31 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

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<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

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<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet B: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet C: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet C: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet C: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet D: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art Collection ...

Cabinet D: Shelf 2
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet D: Shelf 3
<p>Inkwells </p>

Cabinet E: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

Cabinet E: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

Cabinet E: Shelf 3
<p>Selections from the James Marshall Plumer Collec...

Cabinet F: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet F: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet G: Shelf 3 
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 1
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 2
<p>Mortuary Art from China </p>

Cabinet H: Shelf 3
<p>Mortuary Art from China</p>

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

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

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

Cabinet J: Shelf 1
<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>

Cabinet L: Shelf 2
<p>Blue-and-White Porcelain and Stoneware</p>

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

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

Cabinet M: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Dora and William Hunter Coll...

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

Cabinet N: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Margaret Watson Parker Colle...

Cabinet N: Shelf 2
<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>

Cabinet O: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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

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

Cabinet P: Shelf 2
<p>Celadon Wares in Asia</p>

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

Cabinet Q: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 2
<p>Selections from the Ellen and Richard Laing Coll...

Cabinet Q: Shelf 3
<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>

Cabinet U: Shelf 1
<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>

Cabinet X: Shelf 1
<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>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 1
<p>Selections from the Fusfeld Art Collection</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 2
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 3
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

Cabinet Y: Shelf 4
<p>Contemporary Art</p>

9 Collection Object Sources

Vase (1972/2.179)
Tile (1973/2.57)
Bowl (1972/2.164)
Tile (1973/2.55)
Monumental vase (1972/2.197)
Vase (1972/2.171)
Vase (1972/2.188)
Tile (1973/2.59)
Vase (1972/2.193)

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