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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Women working (potters)

For Sepia Saturday this week, the suggestion is a photo of a woman who is assembling boxes (as shown)

Funjoho African potter

I could only show a few women potters, but not in sepia tones.

Some of these women potters really influenced me.  I did a whole month of blogs a few years ago of women artists for Women's History Month, March 2011.  It's already been posted, so I won't copy myself, just give you the links HERE.

Adelaid Alsop Robineau developed new glazes, was a leading ceramic designer, and worked to develop American ceramics in the 19th century.  She's pretty close to the Sepia Saturday posting.
Scarab Vase by Adelaide Alsop Robineau

Robineau and Scarab vase
Maria Martinez of San Isledefonso, New Mexic

Black on Black Bowl by Maria Martinez

Nan Smith, my clay professor at University of Florida
Nan's photos of her work are all copyrighted, so I am just showing pictures of her (center).

M. C. Richards, author of "Centering, in the Art of Pottery and Person"
I really learned a lot from M.C. Richards.  Here's a post where I featured her a few years ago M. C. Richards and Me.  Actually it tells how I first came to work with pottery.

Judy Chicago
Judy Chicago's Dinner Party installation is a collection of dinner places honoring various famous women.  Since 2007 it has been on permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.  I've never seen it in person, but was impressed while studying ceramics, and started making sculptural pieces as a result.

Installation, The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago

From Wikepedia
"The table is triangular and measures 14.63 m (forty-eight feet) on each side. Each place setting features a table runner embroidered with the woman's name and images or symbols relating to her accomplishments, with a napkin, utensils, a glass or goblet, and a plate. Many of the plates feature a butterfly- or flowerlike sculpture as a vulva symbol. A collaborative effort of female and male artisans, The Dinner Party celebrates traditional female accomplishments such as textile arts (weaving, embroidery, sewing) and china painting, which have been framed as craft or domestic art, as opposed to the more culturally valued, male-dominated fine arts.
Virginia Wolf design for place setting, by Judy Chicago


Moonpots by Toshiko Takaezu


  1. What a wonderful wonderful post! Thank you!

  2. The nice thing about pottery is that you had so many talented women to show. It must have been interesting deciding which one's to show. Well, done, thanks.

  3. Pots, like boxes are hollow forms that may, or maybe not, used to hold things. All my pots and boxes I make on a lathe, but I've always had a hankering to do a bit of potting.

    Not far from where I live is the famous Compton Cemetery Chapel designed and built by Mary Watts, potter and ceramicist with the help of villagers that she trained. I've attached their address if anyone is interested.

  4. Thanks fellow potters, for your comments...and Mike, I'll check out the historic chapel by Mary Watts as well. Thanks for the link.

  5. I viewed an exhibit of Women's Art last week. I didn't realize that women artists had been discriminated against so much in the past. On the other hand, I don't really like art that is too self-consciously "Women's Art."

  6. I haven't been on a potter's wheel since I was at school, and now I can never look at them in quite the same way after that scene in 'Ghost'.

  7. Right, Little Nell, we all have Patrick Swasy's helping us throw. (Actually if we did, there would be lots more pots that look strange!)
    Postcardy...I sometimes enjoy really "feminist" art, and sometimes not! The eye of the beholder, eh?

  8. There is this continuous discussion about "themes" in Sepia Saturday, but your post is a perfect example of spotting some detail in the theme image and running off in your own, fresh, direction. It makes the Sepia Saturday experience far more enjoyable.

  9. I'll never take pots for granted again. Fine post.

  10. I love pottery, love looking at it, love buying it whenever I can, and marvel at people's vision in creating.

  11. Oh my what a wonderful post- you took this way out into the outer limits all the way to present day Great photos of excellent artwork at it's best!

  12. The black on black pot by Maria Martinez reminds me very much of blackened Iron Age pottery from Zimbabwe.

  13. I hadn't heard of moonpots but aren't they beautiful!

  14. Lovely and informative post! Thanks! (hadn't heard of any of these women before)

  15. Very interesting and informative. I've always wanted to see The Dinner Party exhibit.


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