Pewabic Pottery

1903 to the present

Founded by Mary Chase Perry (Stratton) in Detroit, MI.

From Marks of American Potters, 1904

Mary Chase Perry

An art pottery, original in conception and treatment, has been perfected by Miss Mary Chase Perry, at Detroit Mich. This pottery, which has been called Pewabic ware, after the northern river of that name, is of hard white body covered with heavy opaque enamels of various colors, coming from the kiln with a natural matt finish which is most pleasing to the sight and touch. The forms of the ware are simple and graceful; the ornamentation is usually in relief, consisting of natural and conventional leaf forms artistically and harmoniously modeled. Some of the pieces appear in monochrome, the color scheme running through the greens, purples and yellows. Other examples exhibit pleasing combinations of flow glazes in various shades of yellow and brown or in blue, purple and white. One of the most pleasing and novel effects is produced by crystalline spots of a light shade which are scattered evenly through a uniform ground color. While the dull green enamel possesses a tone quality entirely different from that of any other ware, it is in the orange yellow, streaked with warm, rich browns that Miss Perry has achieved her greatest success. In some of the pieces the heavy enamel of one or more shades trickles down the sides on a ground of a different tint, suggestive of some of the slow flowing glazes of Oriental wares.

One important feature of this manufacture is the method of firing the ware, which is done in the open flame of a muffle kiln without the use of saggers, kerosene oil being the fuel which has been found possible to produce this result. The pottery has been equipped with an electric plant by means of which the machinery is operated.

The mark which is impressed in the ware consists of the name PEWABIC beneath a row of leaves. On some of the pieces also occur the letters M. C. P., the initials of the maker, Miss Mary C. Perry.

Source: Barber, Edwin Atlee. Marks of American Potters, 1904.

Link: Pewabic Pottery

Paper: Mary Chase Perry and the Pewabic Pottery

Fired Magic: Detroit's Pewabic Pottery Treasures
The Pewabic Pottery: A history of its products and its people

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