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Newcomb Pottery

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NEWCOMB POTTERY, New Orleans. Founded 1895. This is under the direct management of the Art Department of the Newcomb College, and was started with a view to extend esthetic cul- ture and to create a demand for artistic work such as would justify the study of art as a means of earning a livelihood. T h e result has been most satisfactory, and a large number of young women have been L.* educated for this work, for whom an artistic vocation would have been otherwise impossible. The flora of the South has very NEWCOMB-POTTERY largely furnished the motif for the decoration, the prevailing and characteristic tone of which is a bluish green. Newcomb pottery has a distinction all its own, and there is no trace in it of any previous type, either foreign or otherwise. That the little pottery in so short a space of time should have achieved this distinction is most remarkable, and is a proof, if proof were wanted, that both from an.

artistic and a commercitl sense, the primary idea should be to evolve a type, rather than to imitate or reproduce. Whilst the artists at the pottery are under the superintendence of Professor Ellsworth Woodward, assisted by Miss Mary J. Sheerer, they are allowed full freedoin in their work. and it thus happens that every piece shows the individuality of its creator, no matter whether it be incised, painted in slip on the clay or :n mineral colors on the biscuit. Some of the colored glazes arc triumphs of technical skill. One of the chief charms of Newcomb ware is its absolute restfulness. It never tires the eve, and a few pieces scattpred about a room give an air of repose altogether delightful. Professor Woodward and his clever pupils are to be warmly congratulated. M 163.

that at this time American decorations were of a very primitive character, and these new designs and colorings from their intrinsic worth no less than from their novelty created something of a sensation. This ware they christened "Rieti," the product consisting principally of 1426 chocolate jugs, jardinieres, creams and sugars, and such like utilitarian articles. Specimens of this ware will have in a short time an added value, as showing the advance made in a single step in American pottery. Thomas Copeland, it should be remembered, not when the manufacture of Rieti ware was abandoned. Of the marks, No. I was used on earthenware from 1883 to 1886; No. 2 on C. C. ware ; No. 3 on white granite since 1886; No. 4 from 1886 to 1888; No. 5 from 1888 to 1889; No. 6 since 1889.

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