The flat stylized designs used by the decorators at Paul Revere Pottery (also called the Saturday Evening Girls) illustrate the influence of the English reformers on American artists. The motifs are usually simple and often humorous, with animals a favorite subject (even dancing pigs appear on their vessels and plates). The unshaded figures are outlined in black and usually appear as borders, although allover designs were also produced. The glazes are especially rich and lush. This ware was made in the early twentieth century, a bit later than the period covered by this exhibition, but it illustrates how the principles of decoration propagated by the English reformers eventually evolved into the Arts and Crafts movement.
During the early decades of the 20th century, women played an increasingly important role in the creation of fine and decorative arts. One of the realms in which they had the most significant impact was in the field of ceramics. The famous Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, for example, was founded by Maria Longworth Nichols in 1880. In Boston, a group called “The Saturday Evening Girls” (which soon adopted the more formal name of “Paul Revere Pottery”) came together to create wares in the tradition of the British Arts and Crafts Movement. They preferred simple forms, clear colors, and strong, repetitive patterns, as seen in the charming Bowl with Geese. The same type of bold, simple work was also produced by some of the artists at Newcomb Pottery: a company co-directed by a woman, Mary Sheerer, that was part of Newcomb College in New Orleans.
Place object was created: United States
Measurements: height: 4.25 inches diameter: 10.375 inchesGift of Daisy Wade Bridges 2000.93.1
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN