Pewabic Pottery: Patronage, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Sacred Spaces
An exhibition, Pewabic Pottery: Patronage, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Sacred Spaces opens next week and will be on display June 8 through September 29 in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University. An opening reception will be held at the Museum from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.

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Thomas W. Brunk, Ph.D., is guest curator of the exhibition. “Pewabic Pottery, begun in Detroit at the turn of the 20th century, set a standard in studio pottery, said Brunk. “This exhibit presents an overview of Pewabic's significant contributions in a thematic manner with a section devoted to Pewabic tile work in the Saginaw Valley area. Most of the examples in the exhibit come from private collections. Some have not been exhibited in decades.”

Dr. Brunk will give a gallery talk at the Museum, Pewabic Pottery: The American Arts and Crafts Movement Expressed in Clay, on Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m.

“Pewabic Pottery was one of Michigan's most important manifestations of the International Arts and Crafts Movement,” said Brunk.

Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton said, “Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998) and Pewabic Pottery founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton (1867-1961) knew each other and were working as professional artists at the same time for some 30 years. Both Fredericks and Stratton spent most of their career in the Detroit area and became well known and respected artists nationally and internationally. The Pewabic Pottery: Patronage, Private Residences, Public Buildings, Sacred Spaces exhibition at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum brings honor to the artistry of both Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Marshall Fredericks, two of Michigan’s most cherished artists.
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