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Celery Dish ("American Modern" Dinnerware)

A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.




Russel Wright
American, 1904–1976
Made by Steubenville Pottery
Steubenville, Ohio

About this artwork

An ardent promoter of modern design, Russel Wright developed his American Modern line of dinnerware, which included serving pieces such as this celery dish, in 1937. Wright claimed that the organic shapes of the pattern reflected each piece’s function and that muted colors such as cedar green were used in order to “dramatize” the service of food. Although Wright designed the line in 1937, American Modern was not produced until 1939 because of the skepticism of potential manufacturers during the Great Depression. Nonetheless, it has proved to be one of the most popular ceramic patterns ever created.


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Arts of the Americas


Russel Wright (Designer)


Celery Dish ("American Modern" Dinnerware)


East Liverpool (Object made in)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

c. 1937–1959


Glazed earthenware


3.2 × 33.7 × 9.2 cm (1 1/4 × 13 1/4 × 3 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Beryl C. Michels

Reference Number


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