Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles
Decorative Sewer-Tile Object with Applied Handles
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
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.