Historical period(s)
ca. 1912
Glazed clay
Pewabic ware
H x Diam (overall): 5.4 x 9.8 cm (2 1/8 x 3 7/8 in)
United States, Michigan, Detroit
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


glazed, iridescence, Pewabic ware, United States
Provenance research underway.

The Pewabic Pottery was a ceramics workshop in Detroit established at the turn of the century.  The primary aesthetic interest of its founder, Mary Chase Perry Stratton, was the art of glazing, or "painting with fire."  Stratton's friend and patron Charles Lang Freer fostered her efforts by providing fragments of ancient Asian pots to emulate.  Her mature works are clearly inspired by the surfaces and shapes of ceramics in Freer's collection, particularly the Islamic pottery known as Raqqa ware, with its distinctive iridescence. The surfaces also resonate with paintings in Freer's collection by James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing, and Dwight Tryon.

Collection Area(s)
American Art
Web Resources
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