This very handsome pot was crafted by Vermont studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960). It measures 5.25" high by 3.75" in diameter. It has a simple, yet classic form, and is decorated with a stylized decoration cloaking the collar. He glazed this vessel in a very nice glaze combination, decorated in thick, heavy slip, and in a manner wildly different than some of his more commonly seen monochromatic mid-century work, leading us to belive this is more likely an earlier design from the 1940s. It is signed 'S. Ballard' on the base in his hand. This handsome pot is in studio mint condition, no apologies. There is not much in print about Ballard's work, but a quick online search reveals that Stanley Ballard and Glidden Parker were classmates at Alfred from 1937-1939. Ballard graduated from Alfred University’s Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied under several influential ceramics instructors, the likes of Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson. Ballard’s first studio was in Burlington’s Old North End, eventually expanding to a larger studio in the early 1950s. Ballard produced an extensive body of work that has attracted national attention from collectors of mid-century pottery. Sadly, Ballard’s career ended with his death in February 1960 at age 43. His art was featured in an issue of Vermont Life in the Summer 1953.
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