Georgia Art Pottery Vase by W.J. Gordy - Beautiful Form and Glazes
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This stunning vase by William J. (Bill) Gordy (1910-1993) of Cartersville, Georgia, features some of his outstanding, innovative glazes. Bill, the son of Alvaton, Georgia potter W.T.B. Gordy, was one of the first potters in Georgia to move on from the utilitarian crocks and jugs his father made to making art pottery. As a "tramp" (itinerant) potter during the Great Depression, he traveled to other potteries in Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky, picking up glaze techniques and clay combinations along the way. Gordy set up his own workshop, The Georgia Art Pottery, in 1935 near Cartersville on the Old Dixie Highway and prospered through sales to passing tourists. He was a life member of The Southern Highlands Guild and participated for many years in the Craftsman's Fair. He also helped to start the Atlanta Arts Festival and his works are in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Renwick Museum, Washington, DC. We've included a photo of Gordy at his potting wheel.
The glazes on this vase are beautiful---a coppery brown with metallic areas, overlaid with a dripped, variegated green. The ovoid form is sleek and quite modern, egg-shaped with top and bottom sheared off. The rimless mouth measures 3 inches across; the vase stands 7 inches tall. and tapers to a 3 inch dry bottom, which is stamped with the mark "HAND MADE BY W.J.GORDY" used from 1951 to 1970. The vase weighs just over 2 pounds and is in excellent condition with no cracks, or chips and a small handful of glaze pops, centered in just one spot. Although the interior is fully glazed in green, we think this vase should be enjoyed as is or used with dried or silk flowers and foliage.
>>>As always, all white spot are light reflections.