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Flower Vase

early 1960s Cheever Meaders Born: Cleveland, Georgia 1887 Died: Cleveland, Georgia 1967 alkaline glazed stoneware 10 1/8 x 10 in. (25.7 x 25.4 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.32 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

The Meaders family pottery uses ash, or "Shanghai" glazes on their vases and jugs. These are similar to ancient Chinese glazes, and Cheever Meaders's son, Lanier, named them after Shanghai because "if anybody mention China in this country, Shanghai is the first word that comes to mind" (Nancy Sweezy, Raised in Clay, 1984). They mix wood ashes with locally dug clays ("settlin's") and ground glass jars or windowpanes. Only the top and inside of this piece were dipped in the mixture before firing, leaving the bottom unglazed and rough.


decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

ceramic - stoneware