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Newcomb College Pottery

Post by edfrank » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:13 pm

Newcomb College Pottery

I watched Antique Roadshow tonight. One of teh items on the show was a piece of pottery from the Newcomb College Pottery school. What struck me as interesting and why I posted about it here is that the pot was glazed and incised with an image from southern Louisiana featuring LIve Oak trees and hanging moss.
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Newcomb College Pottery - Active 1895-1940
In 1894 young faculty from the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College established a vocational training program for young women artists. The goal was to provide employment for graduates when there were few work opportunities for women. The studio business produced some 70,000 pieces designed by approximately 90 women artists between 1895 and 1940.

Women were always the designers; men were always the potters. No two pieces are exactly alike. Nature-oriented motifs, often depicting local flora, were carved into the pottery, that was then finished with a matte glaze. Early pieces were monochromatic with dominant colors of blues and greens made popular by Grueby. Later pieces added strong cobalt blue and even pinks and rose colors. Each unique piece was reviewed by the art faculty before its release.

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Newcomb Pottery is considered one of the most significant American art potteries of the first half of the twentieth century. Influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement, Newcomb pottery was exhibited around the world, sold in shops on both coasts, and written about in art journals throughout the United States and Europe. Newcomb potters (always men) and designers (always women and girls) were awarded eight medals at international exhibitions before 1916.

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Sadie Irvine - Sadie Irvine was the most well-known of all the Newcomb designers. Scholars have called her "the cornerstone" of the Newcomb pottery program. More so than any other artist, Irvine maintained a lifelong connection with the College, through most of the early years of acclaim and later when she and others tried new designs, colors, and motifs.

She designed many vases with the oak, moss, and moon motif (click the vase on the right for an enlarged view). "I have surely lived to regret it," she said many years later. "Our beautiful moss draped oak trees appealed to the buying public but nothing is less suited to the tall graceful vases -- no way to convey the true character of the tree. And oh, how boring it was to use the same motif over and over though each one was a fresh drawing..."

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$2,700 - Newcomb art pottery vase. 5" wide x 3 1/2" tall. Blue tones. Live oak tree motif w/ moon. ... 0515417046

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$3,595.00 - Newcomb College 1921 Scenic Vase (Simpson) - Striking Newcomb College Pottery vase with highly detailed and very colorful hand-tooled design. Excellent Condition. Hard to see 3/4" horizontal bruise to rim. No other chips, cracks, repair or damage of any kind. Bottom marked with Newcomb College logo, LX71, 194, JM for Joseph Meyer, and the cipher for Anna Francis Simpson. Vase is 7 tall and 4 1/4" wide. ... %20Pottery

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Re: Newcomb College Pottery

Post by James Parton » Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:11 pm


It is always nice to see trees portrayed in art.

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Re: Newcomb College Pottery

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:41 am

Ed, Thats interesting. Another company that has Live Oak images on there pottery is McCoy Pottery. They made several. Jardinieres and Pedestals also have Live Oak images. I have a pitcher from 1900 that has an Alley of Live Oaks. Its worth about 100$. I've been collecting antique pottery, tools, small wagon wheels, plows, etc., for a couple of years. Larry

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