EDNA ARNOW STUDIO POTTERY BOWL/VASE/CACHEPOT WITH A VOLCANIC PUMICE GLAZE
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A highly textural studio pottery bowl with a volcanic glaze by Chicago potter Edna Arnow. It features a nice bubbly glaze in perfect condition. 5.5 x 7.25
EDNA ARNOW (1921-2013) was a well-known Chicago area studio potter and sculptor who received early instruction from Leah Balsham at The Art Institute of Chicago, but was otherwise largely self taught. For more than 40 years, Arnow made stoneware pottery in the basement of her house in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side, where she started out on a wheel that her husband Robert made for her using an old washing machine.
In the 1950s, Arnow was part of the important artist collective 'Exhibit A Gallery', together with Earl Hooks, Leo Segedin, Eve Garrison, Frank Petersen, and Tristan Meinecke. She also exhibited her work at The Art Institute of Chicago, at The Chicago Public Library, and at the Ceramic Nationals in Syracuse, New York in 1956 and in 1962. Edna was friends with most of the local independent craftsmen. She participated in local organizations, meetings and events to promote the cause, and she was a regular fixture at many craft fairs in the city. The Wells Street & 57th Street Art Fairs were her favorite venues as well as others including, South Side, Evanston and Oak Park. For some 30 odd years, she and her husband, Robert - who also made pottery, but worked as a Chicago policeman - spent most weekends during the summer, packing up their Pontiac station wagon with functional pottery to sell at art fairs around the city and suburbs. She became a well known presence, always wearing a large hat, and became renowned for her owl sculptures. She ultimately gained a reputation across the Midwest as a well-known and respected craftswoman and proponent of the Midwest craft scene.
While her work varies in style, it never drifts far from a strong mid century modern craft pottery aesthetic. She was a great innovator in form, design, and surface glaze treatments, having developed many distinctive textured glazes and clay bodies. at a later point of her life, she became motivated to create modern sculpture, and became famous amongst collectors of 20th Century Modern Art. Her work has been displayed in major galleries and museums throughout the midwest, and is held in several important private and corporate collections.
In 2001 she hosted a gallery show in North Carolina celebrating 50 years of her work as well as her 80th birthday. In May 2012 she was featured in an article by The Studio Potter Archive Blog. ( http://www.studiopotterarchiveblog.com/2012/05/studio-potter-archive-visits-with-potter-sculptress-edna-arnow/)
|Design Period||1960 to 1969|
|Production Period||1960 to 1969|
|Country of Manufacture||United States|
|Identifying Marks||This piece has an attribution mark|
|Style||Vintage, Mid-Century, Hand-Crafted, Modernist|
|Detailed Condition||Excellent — This vintage piece is in near original condition. It may show minimal traces of use and/or have slight restorations.|
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