PEWABIC POTTERY: ART ENRICHES THE HUMAN SPIRIT

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Founded in 1903 Pewabic Pottery found success because of an iridescent glaze developed by Mary Chase Perry Stratton that brought this pottery national interest. In the Detroit area you find these beautiful handcrafted architectural tiles in the Guardian Building , at the Cranbrook Community, at the new Comerica Park, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Zoo, in schools and homes as well as many other places. Visit Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, the Nebraska State Capital in Lincoln, the Freer Gallery in Washington D. C. and the Louve in Paris. You will find these tiles in those places and many others.

Tile detail from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers

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A vase at the Detroit Public Library
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Recently, I was privileged to tour the historic building, first occupied in 1907, where many of these tiles are made. What a treat! Now, I want to go all over town and see more of this art. Many locals have their favorite spot. Let us know if you have a special place where you enjoy these tiles.

Tile examples and fireplace display in the showroom.
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Eastern Market – a favorite commemorative tile

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Gift shop
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Close-up of vessels and tiles in the gift shop

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Our tour group in the Kiln Room where there are three kilns for firing the clay.
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Clay-making Area
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Sorting Area
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Design in progress
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Tour members designing and making tiles
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Learning more about Pewabic Pottery

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Fired Magic: Detroit’s Pewabic Pottery Treasures by March Heller Fisher.
This book is appropriate for children and adults as an introduction to this marvelous art form and as a tour of many installations.

100 Things to Do in Detroit Before You Die by Amy S. Eckert
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While the title is less than I might hope, this book contains succinct information about Detroit area not-to-be-missed places including the home of Pewabic Pottery.

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So many beautiful tiles and vessels of different types. How about a Christmas Ornament?

For more information visit pewabic.org

3 thoughts on “PEWABIC POTTERY: ART ENRICHES THE HUMAN SPIRIT

  1. Reta Dahlen

    Beautiful tiles, but I’m also intrigued by the origin of the Pewabic name. In Minnesota there’s a town on the iron range with a similar sound, Biwabik. Could this be an Ojibway name, and what connection might there be to the pottery?

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  2. Mary Ann Piramalli Krengel

    Have never been to the Pewabic Center, but really want to go. The book 100 Things To Do In Detroit is a “must have” for me. Wonderful pictures in this posting.

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