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Cookie Jar (with lid)

Marguerite Friedlander Wildenhain, French, (1896–1985)

Creation date: ca. 1946
Creation place: United States

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Type: Ceramic Jar
Medium and Support: Stoneware
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Accession Number: 1946.11.a-b
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 5 7/8 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 5 1/4 in. (14.92 cm x 13.34 cm x 13.34 cm)
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Marguerite Friedlander Wildenhain, Guernville, California (ca. 1946 - April 3, 1946)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (April 3, 1946 - )

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February 2006
American Ceramics, 1884–1972
Marguerite Wildenhain was educated at the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, where she studied pottery with Max Krehan and sculpture with Gerhard Marcks. She taught at the academy in Halle-Saale and designed prototypes for Royal Berlin Porcelain from 1929 to 1933, when she opened a studio in Putten, Holland. She emigrated to the United States in 1940, and, in 1942, established a workshop in Guerneville, California, called Pond Farm.
Beginning in 1949, she conducted annual summer classes at Pond Farm where she stressed knowledge of form and material as the basis for making good pottery. Wildenhain also placed great emphasis on wheelwork, which she considered the most important part of the “creative moment.”
Her forms were often functional, as in this lidded cookie jar. The incised decoration features conventionalized vegetal forms; accented by subtle glazes that serve to enhance, rather than hide, the textured stoneware surface,
Last Updated: 3/14/2023


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

American Studio Ceramics, 1920–1950 University Art Museum , 10/10/1988 - 1/6/1991

American Ceramics San Diego Museum of Art , 2/25/2006 - 9/3/2006

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 21

Mr. Lyndel King. American Studio Ceramics, 1920–1950 University Art Museum. Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988
Page Number: 93, 103 no. 65, Figure Number: 65


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