First Comprehensive Exhibition of Studio Potter’s Work BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 2, 2016 – Cranbrook Art Museum is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of our new exhibition, John Glick: A Legacy in Clay, which will highlight the illustrious career of the ceramist and 1962 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The exhibition will open on June 18 and run through March 12, 2017. This is the first major exhibition to survey the immense range of ceramic vessels, tableware, and sculpture that has made Glick one of today’s premiere figures in American studio pottery. Glick operated his Plum Tree Pottery studio in Farmington Hills, Michigan, for 50 years. During this time, he remained committed to the art and craft of functional vessels and their incorporation into the rituals of daily life. Glick has recently retired and prepares to close his studio in anticipation of a move to California. John Glick: A Legacy in ...Read More
If the title to the ceramics show guest curated by Anders Ruhwald for the main gallery at Pewabic in Detroit sounds a little on the hippie side, that’s because it’s a snippet of text lifted from the introduction to “Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and Person” by M.C. Richards—a potter, poet and essayist who taught at the Black Mountain College in the 1940s. Ruhwald’s show, “This Is the Living Vessel: Person. This Is What Matters. This Is Our Universe,” seeks to show work that embodies some of the concepts outlined by Richards in this text, ideas about the latent capacity for creativity in all humans, and our common experience as unlocked by certain art forms. The show presents an impactful collection of works by seven different ceramic artists living and working in America (with the exception of Howard Kottler, a posthumous contributor to the show). Each of these artists leverages the ceramic ...Read More
Mary Chase Stratton for Pewabic Pottery (Maker) Jar, 1932, or earlier Born 1867. Hancock. Michigan; died 1961. Detroit. Michigan Pottery: Pewabic Pottery. Detroit, Michigan Cast stoneware clay 9 1/2 x 7 (diameter) inches Gift of George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth through The Cranbrook Foundation CAM 1932.13 Mary Chase Stratton's interest in ceramics began as a teen when she studied china painting in Detroit with Bohemian artist Franz Bischoff. After studying at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Stratton helped establish the Detroit Keramic Club and later studied with Charles F. Binns in New York. At the turn of the century, Stratton began experimenting with various glaze formulas and firing techniques with Horace I. Caulkins, inventor of the Revelation China Kiln. Together they founded Pewabic Pottery in 1903. At the request of Pewabic enthusiast Charles Lang Freer, Stratton began experimenting with iridescent glaze effects and her interest shifted from form to color. This classic Arts and Crafts vase ...Read More
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