Saturday Evening Girls, a women’s club founded in the 1890’s by three women, worked to better the lives of poor immigrant ladies in the North End of the Boston area. Funded by a wealthy philanthropist, Helen Storrow, the club taught the young women various skills so that they would be able to earn a living here in the states. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, the arts and crafts movement was introduced to the club at which time Mrs Storrow decided to teach pottery classes to the young ladies. Sara Galner, a poor young immigrant began to produce pottery at the new factory purchased by Storrow in 1908. The pottery was named after the North End’s most prominent resident, Paul Revere. Miss Galner quickly became recognized as a fine artist and rose to the top of the company. She went on to manage the pottery shop in Washington DC where she worked for a decade. The pottery finally closed in 1942. This bowl exemplifies Miss Galner’s talents as a potter. Realizing that this bowl most likely was formed on a potters wheel, it’s perfection of form is unmatched. The bowl measures 3 1/4” tall and 6 7/8” across. The brown outside glaze has a subtle blended appearance with lighter/darker visible areas. The inside is a very even and soft tan color with very fine speckling near the bottom. The picture of the bottom shows the SEG mark, SG for Sara Galner and 2-17 for the production date of February 1917. The bowl is in fantastic condition with no chips, cracks, damage or repairs. I will mention on the inside very light crazing in the top half of the bowl with extremely light coloring. Today Saturday Evening Girls pottery is one of the most popular lines collected, many example fetching 4 and 5 digit prices. This wonderful bowl would make a great addition to any arts and crafts or SEG collection! Please view all pictures as they show various angles of the bowl.
Saturday Evening Girls Art Pottery Bowl-Sara Galner