Artistry and Craftsmanship

Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons
On View through November 19, 2017
Vase, 1933. Porcellaneous stoneware with crystalline/matte glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Vase, 1933. Porcellaneous stoneware with crystalline/matte glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.406.

Bowl, 1927. Porcellaneous stoneware with luster glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Bowl, 1927. Porcellaneous stoneware with luster glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.342.

Vase, 1910. Porcellaneous stoneware with high-fired flambé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Vase, 1910. Porcellaneous stoneware with high-fired flambé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.360.

Vase, 1898-1933. Ceramic with soufflé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Vase, 1898-1933. Ceramic with soufflé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.350.

Box, 1898-1933. Ceramic, metal, and wood. Ceramic manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Box, 1898-1933. Ceramic, metal, and wood. Ceramic manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.434.

Glaze sample, 1898-1933. Ceramic with high-fired flambé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery.

Glaze sample, 1898-1933. Ceramic with high-fired flambé glaze. Manufactured by Ruskin Pottery, West Smethwick, England. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.461.

Ruskin Pottery, group of ceramic works

Ruskin Pottery (1898-1933, West Smethwick, England), 213 vessels and ornaments, 1898-1933, glazed ceramic. Gift of the Collection of Carl Patterson, 2015.320-2015.496.

Gallery view, Artistry and Craftsmanship exhibition, Ruskin Pottery objects.

Gallery view of the exhibition Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons.

On View through November 19, 2017
North Building - Level 2
Included in general admission
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Founded in 1898 by Edward Richard Taylor and his son William Howson Taylor, Ruskin Pottery was named after a founding writer and critic of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Ruskin. Throughout its 35-year history, the pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and small glazed plaques called enamels, intended to be set in silver or pewter as jewelry.

Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons showcases the Ruskin Pottery style of hand-thrown and hand-turned ceramic bodies with innovative glazes. Works on view illustrate Howson Taylor's continual experimentation with new and sometimes difficult glaze techniques, resulting in four primary glazes—soufflé, luster, crystalline/matte, and high-fired flambé.

This exhibition features about 80 objects from 213 works of Ruskin Pottery given to the Denver Art Museum by Carl Patterson, the museum's conservator emeritus. This remarkable gift makes the DAM collection of Ruskin Pottery one of the largest collections in the world and presents great opportunities for research, exhibition, and publication.

Artistry and Craftsmanship is organized by Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design, and graphics, and Kati Woock, curatorial assistant, department of architecture, design and graphics.