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Vase

A work made of stoneware with wood-ash glaze.

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  • A work made of stoneware with wood-ash glaze.

Date:

c. 1940

Artist:

Maija Grotell
American, born Finland, 1899–1973

About this artwork

Finnish-born Maija Grotell was a pioneering figure in elevating work in clay as fine art. In 1938 Grotell was hired to teach ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she built an artistic practice throwing forms on a potter’s wheel that she then imaginatively decorated using layers of slip and glaze. “I always have something I am aiming at,” said Grotell, “and I keep on … I do not sketch on paper, I sketch in clay.” This luminous, tactile vessel shows the range of textural effects that she achieved in her work.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Maija Grotell

Title

Vase

Place

United States (Object made in)

Date

c. 1940

Medium

Stoneware with wood-ash glaze

Inscriptions

inscribed on bottom: "MG"

Dimensions

19.4 × 20.3 × 9.8 cm (7 5/8 × 8 × 3 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Atlan Ceramic Club Fund

Reference Number

1946.278

Extended information about this artwork

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