Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930
The Newark Museum began exhibiting art pottery in 1910, just one year after it was founded.
A century later, the Museum boasts one of the most historically important and well-documented art pottery collections in the nation. John Cotton Dana, founding director of the Museum, saw pottery as the ideal way to involve the average museum visitor with art. A vase was functional, but it could also be set on a shelf and appreciated for both its beauty and its craftsmanship.
Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930 traces the idea of ceramics as art from the Gilded Age of the 1880s to its evolution into studio pottery by the end of the Roaring Twenties. Stunning examples of American, European and Asian art pottery illustrate the many stylistic and technical developments in art pottery over the span of fifty years.
- Author: Ulysses G. Dietz