Edwin and Mary Scheier Studio Pottery Vase c. 1955 Glazed Ceramics with Sgraffito Appx. 6” H
Edwin and Mary Scheier were one of those rare couples. Not only partners in life, they worked side by side for decades producing some of the most desirable pottery of the mid 20th Century.
They were married during the Great Depression in Tennessee and began experimenting with clay, glazes and techniques at night while they kept their daytime teaching jobs. In 1940 they would move to New Hampshire to lead the University of New Hampshire ceramics program. It was here that they matured as professional artists and would develop a style uniquely “Scheier”. With influences ranging from early Tennessee potters to modern painters such as Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso, the Scheiers would win awards in many high profile national juried exhibitions and in 1956 the couple won the coveted Medal of Award from the Society of Art and Crafts of Boston.
The work on offer here is a classic example. Mary would often throw the pots while Ed would handle the glazing and decoration. Here we clearly see the influence of Klee and Picasso, but as with any fine artist the work is uniquely their own. Both would continue to create even into the last years of their life, often using innovative technology and tools when the challenge of throwing pots became too great. Here is a chance to own a unique work from the most desired period in their storied history.
Their work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum, Washington; the Currier Museum of Art, New Hampshire and many others.