The Lotus Vase Story
We’re putting the spotlight on an early Pewabic vase design. The Lotus Vase in its original form was born from the Stable Studio in 1904-1905. The Lotus Vases currently in production today are very similar to the matte green vessel depicted below. They were made of porcelaneous stoneware and donned the Maple Leaf stamp that was only in use from 1903-1907.
Historic Lotus Vase (second from the left)
We know of at least two original Lotus Vases in private collections. One resides with the great-grandson of one of Mary Chase Perry’s original employees, Joseph Ender, who worked at the pottery from 1911-1959. The lotus vessel depicted below was crafted to be an umbrella holder, which explains its massive size!
Mary Chase Perry Stratton sculpting with a historic lotus vessel set beside her
Pewabic re-introduced the Lotus Vase to the production line to honor one of our favorite forms. These pieces are finished with our matte green Sorrel glaze; keeping true to the original vision. It can stand on its own, but displays a floral arrangement beautifully. We love sharing the stories that give relevance to the work. Whenever we add a new Pewabic vase to our personal collections, we recollect these moments and historic photos.
Present-day Lotus Vase
Pewabic’s co-founder spent much of her career sculpting striking botanical forms. Our work is still very rooted in the natural world, embracing what inspired Pewabic’s beginnings. Each Thursday we will be sharing a new story about our century-long presence in the art community of Detroit and beyond.
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“Aretha Franklin, Rosa Parks, Gilda Radner, Martha Dodge, a list that screams Detroit’s defining women. Often one person is left off that list…Mary Stratton, the mother of Pewabic Pottery.” explains WWJ 950’s Zach Clark in a segment for International Women's Day this year. Zach Clark took a look at the century-long legacy of one of Michigan's finest artists with Pewabic’s Education Director and Archivist Annie Dennis and the Detroit Historical Society’s Manager of Education and Public Programs Kimmie Dobos Wolfe. You can listen to the full story here.
As we honor the 155th anniversary of Mary’s birth, we are thrilled to celebrate her life, legacy and impact on Detroit, Michigan, and beyond.