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Platter by Richard Bresnahan

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Platter by Richard Bresnahan

An unglazed ceramic platter made by Minnesota artist Richard Bresnahan in the late 1980s.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this platter in our collections database.

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Glazed stoneware box

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Glazed stoneware box

Stoneware box made by Margaret Fern Follett Baker. Circa 1960.

For details, view this box in our collections database.

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‘Joke’ bowl by Warren MacKenzie

Monday, February 17th, 2014

'Joke' bowl by Warren MacKenzie

This February 16th, one of Minnesota’s most distinguished artists, Warren MacKenzie turned 90 years old. He is well known for his beautiful yet utilitarian ceramics as well as bringing Asian pottery influences back to Minnesota while teaching at the U of M.

This “joke” bowl in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society was made by MacKenzie in 1996 and is decorated with what is called a Shino glaze.

For details on this bowl, view it in our collections database.

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Ceramic teapot by Charles and Nancy Halling

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Ceramic teapot by Charles and Nancy Halling

Clay teapot and cover made by Charles Halling and decorated by Nancy Halling of Northfield, Minnesota, in the 1990s.

For details, view this teapot in our collections database.

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Red Wing ceramic pig

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Red Wing ceramic pig

Glazed stoneware pig likely made by the Red Wing Stoneware Company in the late 1890s.

For details, view this stoneware figure in our collections database.

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St. Croix ceramic vessel

Monday, May 7th, 2012

St. Croix ceramic vessel

Five and a half gallon capacity ceramic cooking vessel traceable to the St. Croix culture, which flourished in Minnesota and Wisconsin between 500 and 800 CE.  The vessel itself dates to between 560 and 640 CE, and constitutes a complete example of St. Croix stamped pottery. Its exterior surfaces are punctated and cord-marked, with the impression of a finger-woven textile bag and decoration at the shoulder, neck and lip.  Its temper is grit.  Carbon residue on the vessel’s interior contains evidence of wild rice.

For details, view the vessel in our online collections database.

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Ceramic plate

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Ceramic plate

Ceramic plate made by St. Paul artist Kirk Lyttle, 2008.

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Stoneware condiment jar

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Stoneware condiment jar

Stoneware condiment jar, lid and wooden spoon made by Richard Abnet of Stillwater, Minnesota, circa 1960-80.

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