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William Staite Murray, English, (1881–1962)
Vase, 1939
Stoneware, glazed
12 3/4 in. x 7 in. x 7 in. (32.39 cm x 17.78 cm x 17.78 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Creation Place: Europe, England
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 81.8.9

"Originally trained as a painter and largely self-taught as a ceramist, Staite Murray rejected [Bernard] Leach's functionalism and emphasized in centrality of painting in his ceramics. His Vase, 1939, recalls the directness and free handling of Picasso's painting, as well as the informally applied dots and lines (although not the green glaze) of Japanese Oribe ware."
(Kay Koeninger, Revolution in Clay, 1994, pg. 23-24)

"M" stamp on the bottom; "M" on bottom in brown; tape reading "580" on bottom.

Glazed stoneware with wax resist; thrown.

Object Description
Tall, cylindrical vase, narrower near the top, with incised thickly glazed brown-black lines on a gray background; black-brown dots of glaze near the top, with white dots of glaze, and dot-shaped areas that are unglazed.

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