About this artwork
In 1938 fellow Finnish émigré Eliel Saarinen hired Maija Grotell to teach ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Although her primary role at Cranbrook was as a teacher, she created a number of stoneware pieces that emphasized simple, cylindrical forms and surface texture. While this particular vessel’s bold, spherical shape lacks any carved or applied decoration, the subtle rings nonetheless exhibit an extremely tactile quality. A Chicago Tribune critic described this piece as possessing a “massive, monumental quality,” with “nature tones of wood-brown and granite-gray that enhance this simple, almost rustic feeling.”
- Maija Grotell
- Bloomfield Hills
- Glazed stoneware
- Base incised in script: "M G"
- 18.7 × 20.0 × 19.4 cm (7 3/8 × 7 7/8 × 7 5/8 in.)
- Bequest of Russell Tyson