On a couple of occasions in the past I’ve written about ceramics in Wisconsin and touched on Pittsville Pottery. I was pleased to see a post a few weeks ago on Emily Pfotenhauer’s Wisconsin Object blog about a collection of Pittsville Pottery made to the local historical society. While the work may not be highly inventive, it is often well designed and the glazes have appeal. There’s an interesting story to the short life of the pottery works. Emily gives a bit of the background and you’ll find more at the Wisconsin Pottery Association’s website.
Emily manages the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database which provides searchable access to a wide range of work in furniture, textiles, glass and other categories. The focus is on Wisconsin material from 1800 to 1930, mostly from collections held by museums and historical societies. It’s the kind of site where you can lose yourself looking at images, with one thing leading to another until you’ve forgotten where you started. Which is all right with me.