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Art Pottery

Art Pottery

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Description (Brief)
Glazed and fired porcelain inkstand. The end product of a technical series donated to illustrate the steps involved in creating an inkstand. See catalog 94,509. The decoration of the final product appears to be slip painting, where colored clays are applied with a brush under the glaze. The glaze itself is a rich reddish brown on a yellow ochre ground.
Decorator: Grace Young (1869-1947)
94,846 and 94, 509
Evolution of an inkstand
About 1889
Made by Rookwood Pottery Company (1880-1967)
Cincinnati, Ohio
In the late 19th century, Smithsonian curators were interested in promoting the educational roles of Museums, and often acquired objects that would demonstrate technological and artistic advances in a wide range of industries.
The group of artifacts pictured here illustrates the steps involved in producing a ceramic inkstand from a ball of clay, to an inkstand formed and ready for firing, the same cut open to reveal the inner chamber, and finally the inkstand in its completed state. This technical series was given to the Smithsonian by the Rookwood Pottery Company in 1889.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
About 1890
About 1889
Rookwood Pottery Company
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
Physical Description
ceramic, porcelain, unfired (overall material)
overall: 3 27/32 in x 2 5/32 in; 9.779 cm x 5.461 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Donated by Rookwood Pottery Company through Harry Flaxman
Art Pottery
writing implements
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Cultural and Community Life: Ceramics and Glass
Industry & Manufacturing
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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