Saturday Evening Girls vase

Description (Brief):

Tall vase with a wider mouth than foot, glossy glaze. Blue body with lotus flower motif at mouth in beige and white.

Before becoming an international phenomenon, the Arts and Crafts movement began with the ideas of British artisan William Morris (1834-1896) and writer John Ruskin (1819-1900). Morris and Ruskin believed that the growth of cities isolated urban workers and that mass production negatively affected artisan crafts. They proposed to solve these issues by returning to a medieval-inspired village model where everybody participated in a community lifestyle. In the United States, artisans adapted these ideas into the studio art pottery movement. Unlike their British counterparts, who often focused predominantly on social issues and therefore made objects that incorporated Gothic and Renaissance motifs, American craftsmen developed a cohesive and novel aesthetic.

The Paul Revere Pottery began in 1906 as the brainchild of Edith Guerrier and Edith Brown as a means to provide employment for young Jewish female immigrants in Boston. The girls belonged to an organization known as The Saturday Evening Girls Club, where over two hundred young women made pottery over the course of nearly four decades, from 1906 to 1942. Their main production was primarily focused on making dining ware for children, and the pottery made cups, bowls, and saucers with brightly-hued designs of flowers, rabbits, and ducklings.

Like many of the other objects produced at the Paul Revere Pottery, this vase’s blue body and stylized white lotus flower decoration reflects the simplified aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement. The S.E.G. decorators often preferred to use single decorative bands on their forms, coating the rest of the object in a distinct, sand-textured glaze. The black outlined patterns and vibrant colors make Paul Revere Pottery wares some of the most iconic American ceramics from the turn of the century.

The Paul Revere Pottery began in 1906 as the brainchild of Edith Guerrier and Edith Brown as a means to provide employment for young Jewish female immigrants in Boston. The girls belonged to an organization known as The Saturday Evening Girls Club, where over two hundred young women made pottery over the course of nearly four decades, from 1906 to 1942. Their main production was primarily focused on making dining ware for children, and the pottery made cups, bowls, and saucers with brightly-hued designs of flowers, rabbits, and ducklings. Like many of the other objects produced at the Paul Revere Pottery, this vase’s blue body and stylized white lotus flower decoration reflects the simplified aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement. The S.E.G. decorators often preferred to use single decorative bands on their forms, coating the rest of the object in a distinct, sand-textured glaze. The black outlined patterns and vibrant colors make Paul Revere Pottery wares some of the most iconic American ceramics from the turn of the century.

Date Made: c. 1908-1915

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass, Art, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition: Art in Industry

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Chas. Frank Sugeren

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CE.290227Catalog Number: 290227Accession Number: 59606

Object Name: Vase

Physical Description: black (overall color)polychrome (overall surface decoration color name)ceramic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 8 in; 22.86 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-d8ba-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_575628

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