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Marblehead Pottery:
A Centennial Celebration

This exhibit brings together an outstanding collection of the highly regarded art pottery, produced in Marblehead, MA in the early twentieth century. Featured are more than 100 pieces of the hand-crafted pottery, which are among the most prized examples of the Arts and Crafts design movement in America in the early 1900s.

“The influences of Marblehead Pottery go well beyond our local history, and make it a significant topic,” notes Pam Peterson, Director of the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society.

Dr. Herbert Hall started the Marblehead Pottery in 1904, as therapy for patients at his Devereux Sanitarium. His therapeutic workshop evolved into a business, and in 1915, Arthur Baggs took over the production operation and continued to produce the pottery until 1936. Marblehead pottery is characterized by its simplicity of form and decoration, as well as its distinctive matte glazes. Along with the typical Marblehead-blue bowls and vases, the exhibit will feature some examples of Baggs’ experimental glazes and designs.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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