Artifact Walls - Art Pottery and Glass in America, 1880s-1920s

Samples of American pottery, 1880-1920

American potters and glassmakers were at the forefront of producing decorative wares that appealed to the growing market for Arts and Crafts design, popular between 1880 and 1910. This display highlighted the design movement that embraced the ideals of superior craftsmanship, naturalistic ornamentation and living with beauty in the home. Among the manufacturers featured were the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery and Matt Morgan Art Pottery.

About the Artifact Walls

Artifact walls, consisting of 275 linear feet of glass-fronted cases lining the central first and second floors, highlight the depth and breadth of the collections. They reflect the Museum's core mission to collect, study, and exhibit objects from our nation's rich and diverse history. This display was one of the special cases that highlight anniversaries, views into the collections, and research findings.