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Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles

1913 Unidentified glazed stoneware 12 3/4 x 9 x 6 3/4 in. (32.4 x 22.9 x 17.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.42 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

Early-twentieth-century factory workers often created whimsical objects as a diversion from the monotony of their jobs. They used any materials that were available and often gave them away as gifts. In these pieces, the artists covered old sections of sewer pipes with clay, then decorated the surface. The molded handles suggest that the pots were intended to be used.


Figure female - full length

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art