Replica of 1600s Slipware Redware Cradle by Irma Starr for Williamsburg
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This wonderful recreation of a 17th century hooded redware cradle was made by Irma Starr, eminent potter and slipware artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Intricately decorated with white slip (liquid clay) designs on the red clay body, Ms. Starr made this piece to be sold at the DeWitt Wallace Art Museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Specializing since 1966 in 17th century slipware inspired by English potter Ralph Toft, she uses traditional tools including a potter's wheel, slip cups and goose feathers to decorate her pieces with slip-trailing, combing, feathering and marbling. Her work has also been commissioned to be sold at the the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, Plimoth Plantation, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Chicago Art Institute. She has been featured in the Directory of American Traditional Crafts in Early American Life Magazine since 1997.
This cradle is a work of art and, with its elaborate designs, surely a labor of love for Irma Starr. The floral and geometric designs are perfectly executed and so pleasing to the eye against the dark red clay. Given a high-gloss clear top coat, the piece fairly glows. It's signed on the bottom in white slip: Williamsburg IRMA STARR ©. Measuring 5 3/4 inches long and 4 inches across from end to end of the curved rockers, it's 6 inches tall to the top of the rope trim on the cradle's hood. Weighing 3/4 of a pound and in pristine condition, it's ready to become the star (pun intended) of your collection.