Cheever Meaders, Flower Vase, early 1960s, alkaline glazed stoneware, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.32
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.
- early 1960s
10 1/8 x 10 in. (25.7 x 25.4 cm.) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson
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- alkaline glazed stoneware
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