Pewabic Pottery presents Simply By Hand: Architectural Ceramics From Mary Stratton To Now. The new exhibition of ceramics for use in homes and workplaces will run through Sunday, Oct. 14 at Pewabic Pottery in Detroit.
Artists include Christine Jetten, from the Netherlands; Susan Tunick, of New York; Karen Koblitz, of California; Laurie Eisenhardt and Diana Pancioli, both of Michigan; Lubna Chowdhary of the United Kingdom, and Jason Green, an artist whose subject is architectural surfaces, spaces and decoration, of Alfred Station, New York. Mario Lopez, a member of the Pewabic design staff is making a two-panel work expressly for the exhibition.
“Simply By Hand: Architectural Ceramics From Mary Stratton To Now” will show, where available, drawings, sample boards, models and photographs for tile murals, small tile compositions, tiles produced for singular commissions, or speculatively, and vessel work where applicable.
Throughout the exhibition, photographs will be displayed to show tile and architectural ceramic work in situ. Visitors also will learn a little about the long history of architectural ceramics, especially decorative tiles.
Founded during the Arts and Crafts era in the last century, Pewabic Pottery continues to flourish in the production of modern vessel forms and architectural tile work. With the assistance of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pewabic will show architectural ceramics by contemporary artists from Europe, the U.S., and Michigan along with a new work by staff designers, made exclusively for this exhibition.
Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry (later Mary Chase Perry Stratton) and her partner, Horace Caulkins (developer of the Revelation Kiln), at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in America. Pewabic’s first home was a stable on Alfred Street in Detroit. Four years later, Pewabic Pottery moved to a new facility on East Jefferson designed by architect William Buck Stratton in the Tudor Revival style. In 1991, the building (which still houses the Pottery) and its contents were designated a National Historic Landmark and today is Michigan’s only historic pottery.
The image above is a detail from a work by Susan Tunick. For more information, click here.