This collection of three stoneware pieces was created by Iowa studio potter Tim Langholz (1965-2008), whose works are on our list of favorites. We were so pleased to find this grouping to offer on PrimpingYourHome. To quote his nephew Luke Langholz who is also a potter: "Tim was an extremely gifted artist and a prolific potter, selling his wares nationally at fine arts and crafts festivals. Tim's work was extremely unique, and decorated with a geometric precision that makes my head hurt." He decorated his pieces when they were leather hard, carving them with textures and lines. He then painted them with slip (liquid clay) that was colored with metal oxides. As you can see, the results are exceptional.
Tim worked out of a century old schoolhouse in Burr Oak, Iowa, making one of a kind pieces in small batches, the quintessential definition of a studio potter. He was a student of Master Potter Dean Schwarz, who founded the South Bear School in Highlandville, Iowa, where Tim served as an artist-in-residence (pottery) in the 1980's. His works are in prominent collections and have won more awards than we have room to list. Tim Langholz was a brilliant potter, as well as an artist in other mediums. His untimely death at age 43 was a loss for us all.
This grouping consists of a tall pitcher and two bowls, all in shades of brown and grey, both smooth and glossy and matte and rough. All three are in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. They are substantial in size and presence. Measurements and a description of each piece follows:
*** The pitcher stands 8 1/2 inches tall on a 3 1/2 inch diameter base. From the beautifully formed spout to the opposite rim is 5 1/2 inches and it weighs 3 pounds. Signed on the dry reddish clay bottom "Langholz Burr Oak Iowa." Both sides decorated with the same carved circle and bands design. Pulled strap handle, speckled interior that's fully glazed with very evident finger grooves.
***The bowl on the left in the first photograph, standing 4 1/2 inches tall, tapers in a vee shape from the 7 inch diameter top measurement to the 3 inch diameter footed base. The carved designs consist of horizontal waves and vertical bands. The interior is fully glazed in solid brown, with gentle finger marks. The signature on the dry base is the same as that of the pitcher. It weighs one pounds 2 ounces.
***The bowl on the right in that first photo is 4 inches tall, plump and round, with a top diameter of 6 1/2 inches and a 3 1/2 inch footed base. Complementary but not identical carved designs and the same signature as the other bowl, and it weighs one pound 9 ounces.
Each of these stoneware pieces looks wonderful on its own and together obviously make an impressive, handsome grouping.