NANCY WICKHAM TABLE LAMP FOR DESIGN TECHNICS
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This petite stoneware studio pottery lamp with incised and textured horizontally striated pattern was produced by noted Vermont potter Nancy Wickham (Boyd). This is a studio piece made entirely by her own hand. It was not part of the Design Technics line. The shade, while not original, echoes the striations on the body of the lamp perfectly. The lamp's dimensions are 12" (to the top of the socket) by 4.5" in diameter at its widest point. The shade by itself measures 7" tall by 10" in diameter. Tt is currently fitted with a clip which attaches directly to a standard type A light bulb. Assembled, the lamp and shade together measure 17" in height.
NANCY WICKHAM was a Vermont based ceramics artist and potter. She studied her craft at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, in the mid 1940s, and subsequently established a studio and shop in Woodstock, Vermont, where she produced mainly functional ceramics. She first showed her work in 1946 at the famed Ceramic National exhibition at the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, showing there again in 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, and 1958.
In the 1950s Wickham met and began working with Lee and Samuel Rosen who invited her to create ceramic lamp bodies for their newly established company, DESIGN TECHNICS. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s she produced many important pieces for the Rosens while she continued to sell her own signature style of functional and decorative pottery from her Vermont storefront. Examples of Wickham's work are included in the permanent holdings of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, and are represented elsewhere in public and private collections.
Production Period – 1950-1959
Country of Origin – USA
Designer – NANCY WICKHAM (1923-1987)
Maker – DESIGN TECHNICS
Attribution – SIGNED
Materials – CERAMIC
Colors – BLUE
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Plug – N. AMERICAN
Height (in.) – 17.0
Diameter (in.) – 10.0