In 1937, the sculptor and ceramicist Isaac Scott Hathaway—known as the “Dean of Negro Ceramics”—founded the Department of Ceramics at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University). This vase is a fine example of the innovative shapes and glazes the pottery used in the 1950s, when other potteries in Alabama were still producing more traditional forms.
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- Titles Bell Top Vase (Descriptive)
- Artist Tuskegee Institute Pottery, United States, est. 1937
- Medium glazed earthenware
- Dimensions 8 3/4 × 3 1/4 in. Diam. (22.2 × 8.3 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Patrick Cather, Shoal Creek, Alabama in honor of his sister-in-law, Mia Oostinga Cather, Birmingham, Alabama, AFI.10.2013
- Work Type vase
- Classification Containers
- Inscription Stamped underglaze marks in green on underside of base: College Seal [TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE / ALABAMA] /Hand Made / By Students
- Provenance Collection of Patrick Cather, Shoal Creek, Alabama; by gift, the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama (September 5, 2012)