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Cowan Pottery & Cleveland School Autographed
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Cowan Pottery & Cleveland School Autographed

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Books: References: Antiques: Pre 2000: Item # 82586
Mark Bassett (aka 'potterybooks')
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Autographed hardback reference book, published in 1997. 372 pages. Over 1120 illustrations. Nominated for a prize in Distinguished Scholarship, given by the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Value guide. An intimate portrait of R. Guy Cowan and his circle of family, colleagues, designers, and students. Scores of previously unknown Cowan shapes are illustrated (both unique and molded), from utilitarian wares like tea sets and electric table lamps to limited-edition sculpture and lady flower frogs. The engaging stories of Cowan's children, artists, and employees are retold within a historical framework that brings the "Jazz Age" to life. Chapters are devoted to the Art in Industry Movement, ceramic sculpture, sculptor Waylande Gregory, Art Deco, and other subjects. Of special interest are the detailed discussion of the ceramic program at Alfred University; the manufacturing process of molded and jiggered ware; the difficulties of firing variable glazes; connections between Cowan and other potteries; design piracy and inspiration; trade shows and exhibitions; and more. Also described are Cowan's years in Syracuse, NY (1932-1957), where he designed dinnerware for Syracuse China and served as a juror and trustee to the National Ceramic Exhibitions. Cowan Pottery operated primarily between 1913 and 1931, in Lakewood and then Rocky River, two west-side Cleveland suburbs. Add $2.50 for Media Mail shipping.