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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.

Ceramic vessel with ovular body, rounded shoulder, wide neck and mouth and flared lip covered with iridescent grayish-blue glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with iridescent glaze
9 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (24.92 x 17.3 cm);11 13/16 x 8 1/4 in. (30 x 20.96 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
This ceramic vase has a long oval shape with a wide neck, rounded lip and sloping shoulder area. The circular rings from the process of being thrown on the wheel can be seen beneath the glaze. The glaze is a yellow-orange matt, with dark brown patches, over a shiny celadon green and iridescent purple base.
Pewabic Pottery
Monumental Vase
1930 – 1940
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.196
Square ceramic tile with orange glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Tile
stoneware with orange matte glaze
3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (9.5 x 9.5 cm);2 3/8 x 5 9/16 in. (6 x 14 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Bowl-shaped footed vessel covered with an iridescent glaze over a semi-matte glaze that creates the appearance of irregular patches of color ranging from a deep green-blue to a coppery-orange.
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl
stoneware with iridescent glaze
2 13/16 x 5 11/16 in. (7.1 x 14.3 cm);4 3/16 x 7 1/4 in. (10.5 x 18.3 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Vessel with rounded body, short neck and wide mouth. Brown clay body with wiped on black slip is covered with a pearlescent thick sky blue glaze dripping down two-thirds of the vessel.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
brown clay body with sky blue glaze over black slip, wiped on
4 1/2 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (11.3 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm);4 1/2 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (11.3 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Ceramic vessel with rounded body, long thick neck and wide lip. Two decorative bands encircle the body of the vessel and two encircle the neck near the shoulder. Vessel is covered with mottled iridescent glaze in shades of dark blue.
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1912 – 1922
stoneware with blue-gray mottled iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.161
Footed ceramic bowl-shaped vessel with lid and knobbed handle covered in an iridescent copper glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl, with cover
1926 – 1936
stoneware with copper iridescent glaze
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
1954/1.476
Footed bowl-shaped vessel with iridescent dark gray-black glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Bowl
stoneware with iridescent glaze
3 5/8 x 5 5/16 in. (9.2 x 13.4 cm);5 1/8 x 6 5/16 in. (13 x 16 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Ceramic vessel with short neck, rounded shoulder, flared lip and wide mouth covered in iridescent gray-green glaze
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
stoneware with iridescent glaze
7 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (19.7 x 16.1 cm);9 1/4 x 7 3/16 in. (23.4 x 18.1 cm);x 16 3/16 in. x 41 cm;7 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (19.7 x 16.1 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
Footed ceramic vessel with bulbous body and very large neck covered in an iridescent mottled blue glaze with striations
Pewabic Pottery
Vase
1914 – 1924
stoneware with iridescent glaze
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
1972/2.190

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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 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>

10 Collection Object Sources

Vase (1972/2.162)
Monumental Vase (1972/2.196)
Tile (1973/2.56)
Bowl (1972/2.189)
Vase (1972/2.182)
Vase (1972/2.161)
Bowl, with cover (1954/1.476)
Bowl (1972/2.192)
Vase (1972/2.199)
Vase (1972/2.190)

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