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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

Finnish-born Maija Grotell was a pioneering figure in elevating work in clay as fine art. In 1938 Grotell was hired to teach ceramics at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she built an artistic practice throwing forms on a potter’s wheel that she then imaginatively decorated using layers of slip and glaze. “I always have something I am aiming at,” said Grotell, “and I keep on … I do not sketch on paper, I sketch in clay.” This luminous, tactile vessel shows the range of textural effects that she achieved in her work.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Maija Grotell

Title

Vessel

Place

Bloomfield Hills (Object made in)

Date

c. 1946

Medium

Glazed stoneware

Inscriptions

Base incised in script: "M G"

Dimensions

18.7 × 20 × 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

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