Celery Dish ("American Modern" Dinnerware)

A work made of glazed earthenware.

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.

Date:

1937/59

Artist:

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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American Art

Artist

Russel Wright

Title

Celery Dish ("American Modern" Dinnerware)

Origin

East Liverpool

Date

1937

Medium

Glazed earthenware

Dimensions

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

1995.250

Extended information about this artwork

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