Pewabic vase

Pewabic vase

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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.
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Object Name
date made
c. 1906
Pewabic Pottery
place made
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Associated Place
United States: Michigan, Detroit
Physical Description
monochrome, green (overall surface decoration color name)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 3 in x 3 in; 8.89 cm x 7.62 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 3 3/8 in x 3 1/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Marcus Benjamin
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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