This vase is a graceful piece with an interesting story. It is part of Gladding McBean & Co.'s Catalina Art Ware collection that was produced from 1937-1942 after they purchased Catalina Island Pottery and began using molds made on the island. The Catalina Art Ware line, however had a few pieces created after the purchase to add to the collection.
The Bust of Peasant Girl was sculpted and designed by Dorr Bothwell. According to James F. Elliot-Bishop, the author of Fanciscan, Catalina, and other Gladding, McBean Wares, "Dorr Bothwell was a painter and considered to be a pioneering printmaker. She was exhibited in many museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Of interestin gnote, she saled alone at age 26 to Samoa where she had begun painting. When she returned to San Francisco in 1930, she sang Samoan songs on the radio and demonstrated Samoan dance at art world parties."
Gladding McBean & Co. started by producing terra cotta building supplies and garden ware in 1873. They moved into tableware and acquired several West Coast pottery companies. They bought Catalina Island Pottery in 1937 and used their molds to produce their own Catalina Pottery line until 1942.
Gladding McBean & Co. Catalogue No.: C-801
Glaze: Satin Coral
Bust of Peasant Girl
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