Art Pottery &
20th Century Design
Mark Bassett collects a variety of American potteries,
He is the author of Cowan Pottery and the
School, which he wrote with Victoria Naumann Peltz, who was
responsible for all curatorial activities for the Cowan Pottery Museum
collection. (Vicky retired in July 2002 after 27 years of service.) The
book can be ordered here.
The photos on this page include rare examples of Cowan. For
photos of other items in Mark Bassett's personal collection, visit
the Cleveland School and Hyalyn
pages, along with I Buy Pottery.
If you know of a piece (or collection) that might interest
him, please contact
||This 11.5" diameter wall plaque was designed by Viktor
for Cowan Pottery in 1931. Its title is Danse Moderne and it
inspired by the iconography he used on the internationally famous Jazz
Bowl, a commission he executed for Eleanor Roosevelt.
The sgrafitto technique--which R. Guy Cowan called "Dry
covering a plain bisque-fired plate with black engobe, a mixture of
and black pigment. Viktor then used a group of sharp tools to draw the
design on this ceramic canvas by scratching away some of the engobe.
the drawing was complete, the piece was dipped into Cowan's brilliant
Blue crackle glaze (developed by Arthur Baggs).
|Shown at the right is one of the rarest of Cowan's
sculptures--Burlesque Dancer, designed by Waylande
Gregory in the Modernist style, influenced by Alexander Archipenko.
Waylande features prominently among the many stories in Cowan
and the Cleveland School. For example, Chapter 8 is devoted
to him, and outlines his youth and previous experience in more detail
is available elsewhere.
© 2005 Mark Bassett