This classically modern red clay bowl was expertly turned and glazed by Mary Grabill at her Sign of the Sandpiper Pottery Studio in Coconut Grove, Florida, probably sometime in the 1970's. Mary was born in 1919 in Ohio; in the 1940's, she founded a pottery studio there along with potter June Elizabeth Taylor, combining their names to form "Graylor." Her pieces from this studio come up for sale from time to time, marked "Graylor" with the logo of a duck.
This bowl is from Mary's time in Florida. She incised the bottom with her logo of a sandpiper and the words "Grove" and "Mary." This amusing quote is from an article in The New York Times entitled "When the Weather Acts Up In Miami" dated May 16, 1976: "Pottery lovers should not miss Mary Grabill's Sandpiper in Coconut Grove, but it is necessary to call ahead for an appointment to visit her workshop, which is full of kilns and cats." Sarah Fitch of Rolling Raven Studio states on her website, "I am grateful to my early mentor, the wonderful gentle soul and renowned ceramist Mary Grabill of the Sign of the Sandpiper Pottery Studio. She taught me how to hand roll tiles when I was a young Coconut Grove, Florida street urchin who spent afternoons in her shop." We've included a photograph of Mary at home in Florida; she passed away there in 2008.
Mary's bowl is simply, elegantly beautiful. Rows of ridged grooves on the exterior and interior speak of its hand made origin and the drip glaze in shades of blue is masterful. The dry foot ring displays the deep red of the clay and the interior bottom of the bowl is adorned with a whorl. The bowl measures 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall, weighing a couple ounces over 2 pounds. It's in excellent condition, no cracks, chips, or repairs; it's covered in and out with pinprick glaze pops. White spots are of course reflections caused by our lighting. This is a great find for the pottery lover.
>>>The antique wooden basket with the hand wrought iron handle, show in our photos, is available here: