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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.

MEDIUM Earthenware
DATES 1902-1904
DIMENSIONS Height: 12 in. (30.5 cm) Diameter of Base: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Impressed on base in blue: "[N within C] Sewells"
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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CAPTION Newcomb Pottery. Vase, 1902-1904. Earthenware, Height: 12 in. (30.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 62.151. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 62.151_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Earthenware 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.
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