Here for your consideration is a Pacific Stoneware, Inc. B. Welsh hand thrown pitcher and mug. They have a concentric ring pattern throughout the red clay body, white over glaze and hand painted with a brown and black border and trim along the rim and C-shaped handles. There is a mark located on the reverse-side of the pitcher, near the bottom edge of a bow atop the letter "S" within the letter "W" [incised under glaze]. The bottom of the pitcher and mug show shelf marks, unglazed and marked: copyright symbol, 1968 Pacific Stoneware inc. U.S.A. [incised] and the letters "uci" [incised]. Both pieces are in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. SEE PHOTOS FOR DETAILS.
MEASUREMENT: Pitcher 7 3/4" W x 8 1/8" H x 6 3/16" D; Mug 5 1/8" W x 5 3/8" H x 3 3/4" D.
Pacific Stoneware, Inc. History:
Bennett Welsh was born in Gresham, Oregon in 1922. B. Welsh had a career as a potter and teacher that spanned more than 50 years. He became very knowledgeable about high temperature stoneware and one of the first in the Pacific Northwest to work with this type of clay. In the 1940's when he began working with stoneware Welsh established the 'ceramics department' at the Portland Art Museum's art school, the "Museum Art School" [now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art] and building most of the equipment himself. The school was an outgrowth of the 19th century Portland Sketch Club in hopes of bringing the Portland area an institutional art study program. The school grew in size and stature after WWII, became the reputable professional art school of today and renamed the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1994. In 1997 it became an independent educational institution.
Welsh purchased the Pacific Stoneware, which was a production ceramics company producing wheel thrown pottery. There is where many local potters learned their craft at Pacific Stoneware, which is no longer in existence today. In the 1970's Welsh started working in a smaller studio with a few employees. They produced a line of handmade stoneware and Welsh officially retired in 1984 and made large sculptural art pots. He thought of himself as a decorator of pots and worked in his studio until the day before he became ill and taken to the hospital where he died in 1998.
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