Research: Luce Center for American Art

Accession #62.151
Decorator Sabina Elliott Wells
Maker Newcomb Pottery
DimensionsHeight: 12 in. (30.5 cm) Diameter of Base: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
MarksImpressed on base in blue: "[N within C] Sewells"
Inscriptionsno inscriptions
Signedno signature
Credit LineDick S. Ramsay Fund
LocationAmerican Identities: Everyday Life / A Nation Divided
DescriptionEarthenware vase with pale green and white glaze. Narrow cylindrical form flaring out towards top. Shoulder in concave curve to small mouth with out flared lip. Vase is covered with pattern of overlapping long narrow leaves of Egyptian inspiration. Condition: Good, conservation report in object file.

Curatorial Remarks:

Newcomb Pottery was established in conjunction with Newcomb College, the women's division of Tulane University. At first, potters were hired to throw the pots and woman students supplied the decoration. The enterprise soon became so successful that woman decorators were hired as salaried workers. By 1918 the pottery was moved to the college art building where salaried artisans continued to work and undergraduate students were encouraged to produce individual pieces from start to finish and experiment with glazes.