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United by Separation

Recently two beautiful wine decanters, designed by Weston in midcentury, were returned to us. I date them at the late fifties or early sixties because the wine decanters were not produced as frequently by the seventies, to my recollection, as the wild life sculpture line and other functional designs became predominately featured. 

The form is understated in its simplicity. There are other forms of the midcentury or mid-century-inspired-era based on a bulb with a thin elongated neck but this form predates most of them. There are forms going back to antiquity based on a bulb with an elongated neck and yet I have never seen one that resembles the particular design choices made by Weston when he created this form for the first Andersen Design line to be marketed to the public.
The cast and fettling of these two decanter-vases is perfectly executed, bringing out the finer sensibilities of the design. The fullness of the bulb is anchored toward the ground. The bulb elongates, curving inward…

A Vote for Andersen Is A Vote for a Philosophy that Endures Through Change

Photos by Mackenzie Andersen have been accepted in the American Art Pottery Calender Photo Contest.  Please take a moment of your time to vote for the photos you like in this Contest. We hope it will include ours. Vote for multiple photos – 13 will be chosen for the calendar. You will receive an email confirmation to confirm each vote.Voting ends JULY 31, 2019. Winner will be announced on the American Art Pottery/ FaceBook Page August 1st, 2019. The art pottery movement in America began in the 1870s, coinciding with the beginning of the Arts and Crafts movement, which gained momentum in the 1880s. Wikipedia describes it as " aesthetically distinctive hand-made ceramics in earthenware and stoneware from the period 1870-1950s"
The work in the photos submitted to the American Art Pottery Calendar Contest is from the late forties to the early fifties. Our work is usually associated with the mid-century design esthetic but we are also American Art & Design in Stoneware. 





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Hand Making Ceramics in the USA, The Medium is still the Message

This post is republished from my blog, Preserving the American Political Philosophy.




I was raised in a ceramic business in the home, which was different from its surroundings, making myself and my siblings, outsiders inside the classroom environment. When school closed and summer commenced, an alternate reality emerged, a world in which my family's art was sought after by a wide range of humanity. I felt welcomed by the foreigners and an outsider among local peers. Later when I left home for  NYC, circa 1966, I found myself surrounded by welcoming peers, a difference between night and day. It was New York City at the pinnacle of the flower power era when Greenwich Village was wall-to wall youth culture

As you can imagine this formulated a peculiar psychology, so strange, that even I didn't recognize it!

A while ago a high school acquaintance told me that what our family did was thought so unusual, when we moved into the neighborhood and put out a sign and ran a business from our …