Vessel

A work made of glazed stoneware.

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  • A work made of glazed stoneware.

Date:

c. 1946

Artist:

Maija Grotell
American, born Finland, 1899–1973
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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.”

On View

American Art, Gallery 264

Artist

Maija Grotell

Title

Vessel

Origin

Bloomfield Hills

Date

1941–1951

Medium

Glazed stoneware

Inscriptions

Base incised in script: "M G"

Dimensions

18.7 × 20.0 × 19.4 cm (7 3/8 × 7 7/8 × 7 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1964.527

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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