WHITE PINES POTTERY VASE
Exhibted: “The Woodstock Story (1902-1949)” D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc., NYC, Nov. 2010-Jan. 2012
Byrdcliffe founders Jane and Ralph Radcliffe-Whitehead learned how to make ceramics from several eminent practioners, among them Frederick Hurten RheadWilliam G. Whitford. Before starting the White Pines Pottery at their home, Jane worked with Edith Penman and Elizabeth Hardenburgh at the nearby Byrdcliffe Pottery. Both Ralph and Jane knew how to use the pottery wheel, but they favored the slip-casting technique. Ralph seems to have overseen the mold making and glazing while Jane designed and made carved and painted decorations.
The “Persian” shape derives from photographs Ralph found in Garret Pier’s Pottery of the Near East. It is among the largest shapes attempted at the White Pines Pottery. This example is finished with an unusual mat blue glaze.
A thorough discussion of Jane and Ralph Radcliffe-Whitehead’s White Pines pottery appears in “The Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts Colony; Life by Design” Robert Edwards, ed., “White Pines Pottery; The Continuing Arts and Crafts Experiment” Jane Perkins Claney, pages 15 through 20.