Emilie Scrivens Art Pottery Sculpture WPA Style 1940s
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Ceramics: American: Pottery: Pre 1950: Item # 854199
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
Author of Understanding Roseville Pottery
P.O. Box 771233, Lakewood, OH 44107
This 9" t. ceramic sculpture is by the Cleveland School artist Emilie Scrivens, who began an intensive study of pottery, sculpture, and mold-making as a WPA artist in the Federal Art Project of Cleveland, under Edris Eckhardt. Over time, her skills improved sufficiently that she won awards from the annual May Show of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
In 1944 she entered a piece there called MY MOTHER, which may be this very piece. Note that it is hand-incised E Scrivens and dated 44 underneath.
Very skillfully modeled in red terra cotta clay, with a glossy wash that has dark purplish blue overtones in some areas. There are a few minor nicks to the glaze--one in the mother's hair, one to her foot, and a third on the back of the plinth base. (See photos for details.)
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