CELEBRATING 150 YEARS | THE LIFE & LEGACY OF MARY CHASE PERRY STRATTON
Pewabic’s cofounder, Mary Chase Perry Stratton,was born on this day in 1867 in the small mining town of Hancock, MI. An active artist and entrepreneur at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote, Mary had a profound impact on Detroit’s artistic and cultural life. She was a founding member of the Detroit Arts & Crafts Society and later served as a trustee of what is now the Detroit Institute of Arts. She established the ceramics department at the University of Michigan, taught at Wayne State University, and was awarded honorary degrees from both schools. Most of all, she was an artist and passionate advocate for beautiful work crafted by hand.
With Pewabic, she created a vibrant pottery that helped shape the architectural fabric of Detroit. We are proud to be continuing the remarkable legacy of craftsmanship she began more than a century ago. In honor of her milestone anniversary, we will be celebrating her creative spirit throughout the year. We’ll be introducing new glazes, revisiting some of her original designs, and showcasing her history in an exhibition of work from our archives.