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Richard Petterson, American, (1911–1996)
Urn, Ceramic glaze on clay
20 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in. (52.71 cm x 24.13 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Period: Contemporary 1946-present
Credit Line: Gift of Scripps Fine Art Foundation
Accession Number: 2012.10.1

A gift of Scripps Fine Art Foundation, this piece was thrown by Scripps and Claremont Graduate School ceramics instructor Rick Petterson, who was also director of Scripps Lang Gallery. Petterson is credited with having begun the Scripps Ceramics Annual, the longest-running contemporary exhibition of ceramics in the nation. The piece was decorated by Phil Dike, who taught painting at Scripps for two decades. It was used to hold beverages for the foundation's meetings.

The piece has been incised with the artist's signature, "Petterson," on the bottom of its base, underside. However, that signature is somewhat obliterated, and another, in what appears to be marker, is also on the underside of the base.

glazed clay

Object Description
This vessel is decorated with scenes of art classes: ceramics, drawing, painting, etc. The tone is humorous.

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