This lovely diminutive vase was hand-thrown and decorated by well regarded Polish American artist, Polia Pillin (1909-1992). Pillin's focus was initially on painting, and she was the featured artist in a successful one-person exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute. She began working in ceramics in 1946 and established a reputation for creating distinctive painterly expressionist images on her pottery which often featured stylized women, animals and birds.
This charming vase is a lovely example of Pillin's work. The exterior has been finished in shades of teal and hand painted with three stylized birds with plump bodies. The rounded bodies are contrasted by long tail feathers and long thin beaks. The birds' bodies have smudges of white and tan plumage along with dark accents around their eyes.
The vase is in good condition with no chips or repairs. As a vintage item, the piece shows signs of age consisting of crazing to the glaze which is an issue commonly found in Pillin's work and mentioned for accuracy. It should also be mentioned that there are stilt marks from the kiln on the base and flecks of material in the glaze, both of which are related to production.
The vase stands 2.875" tall and is 3.125" in diameter at the mouth. The foot is 2.125" in diameter and bears Pillin's hand painted signature. The piece weighs in at 8 ounces.
This vase displays beautifully and would be a great addition to an existing collection of ceramics by Pillin or works equally well as a stand alone decorative accent. A fantastic vintage find from a well listed and iconic mid century artist.
Vintage Polia Pillin Hand Painted Studio Art Pottery Vase Bird Motif