Manuel and Lucille Miller operated a small studio pottery in the mid-1950s under the company name 'Wildlife of Birchland'. Their studio also did painting on wooden items for the home. This "free spirited" folk art decorated vase depicts two deer roaming through a woodland area with leaf laden trees, dense undergrowth and delicate wild flowers. The soft paste pottery vase has a graceful shape with impressive handles.
Almost more interesting than the vase is the picturesque life of the artists, Manuel and Lucille Miller. They also were libertarians and anti-draft protesters who were arrested after a 12-hour stand-off with U.S. Marshalls, who then threw Lucille in an insane asylum for a short period of time.
The vase measures 7 1/2" in height, 6" from handle-to-handle and 3" across the base. The base is impressed "Original - Bethel - Hand Made and Hand Decorated Potteryware - Wildlife of Birchland - Manuel & Lucille Miller - Bethel, Vermont". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A great piece of American Folk Art with an interesting provenance.
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