Stunning piece of American pottery earthenware with vibrant turquoise crackle glaze with scattered veins of grey. There are several rough areas to the edges which only adds to the beauty of the "primitive like" patina of this fine piece of hand crafted art by an American -California/Hawaii artist. The exact age is unknown. Since she acquired her husband's name, Wayland, in 1926 and she studied art during the 1920's and 1930's, then the piece was made sometime after these dates and probably the 1940's; possibly 50's, 60's. The design of this piece is very reminiscent of Barbara Willis' "Terrene" (of the earth) pottery from the 1940's. Purchased it at an antique mall in Sebastopol, California. A fine example of American art pottery!
WAYLAND, Adele Caillaud (1899-1979). Sculptor, painter, craftsman. Born in Oakland, CA on Aug. 14, 1899. Adele grew up in Santa Cruz, CA. After obtaining her teaching credentials from San Jose State University, she taught in a one-room school house in La Honda until her marriage to Clarke Wayland in the late 1920s. During the 1920s and 1930s she studied art at the California School of Fine Arts and concentrated on ceramics. Her portrait busts in terracotta were handled locally by Gump's. She also produced Dresden bowls and glazed ceramic tile paintings, sgraffito plates, and some oils. She was chairwoman of design for the American Society of Penwomen while maintaining studios in San Francisco and on the Russian River. She died in Honolulu, HI on Aug. 20, 1979. Exh: SF Women Artists, 1929-38; SFAA, 1931; Golden Gate International Exposition (GGIE), 1939. REF: Edan Hughes, author of Artists in California, 1786-1940.
She is listed in these publications: "Artists in California 1786-1940" by Edan Milton Hughes and "Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975" by Peter Hastings Falk, and in Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide - Gold Edition.
Measures over 13" in diameter.
Marked: Adele Wayland SF (incised in the clay)