A lovely little bulb vase measuring 5 3/4" at the widest diameter and 2 1/4" tall and glazed in green over a base of cream on yellow clay. The form is not often seen and, in fact, is the first we have had after many years of collecting Burley Winter pottery.
Although this is unmarked we recognize the yellow clay and fantastic glaze technique as being made by the Burley Winter company of Crooksville, Ohio. Perhaps lesser known than others from the area in Ohio referred to as the "Clay Corridor", Burley Winter was in business from 1872 to the mid 1930's when they, like many others, succumbed to the Great Depression.
Many of their pieces were unmarked but the glazing technique used on the later pieces is easily recognizable and virtually impossible to describe. The mottled colors seem almost three dimensional and the pieces seem to glow from within. The subtle colors and rather subdued designs and shapes blend nicely with other pottery from the Arts and Crafts Era. We love it!
This piece is in nice condition with a slightly shinier glaze than is commonly found on the other forms and could be described it as 'satin matte'. There is a tight fracture line which may be in the glaze although it does wrap around the top edge. The piece has a nice ring and if it is a crack in the clay, it is quite tight and was done in the firing. We have discounted the price to accommodate for this possible damage. Several other manufacturing glitches that are commonly found on this pottery; an extra bit of clay on the inside and several rust colored spots on the outside bottom edge and light crazing over all.
A beautiful piece to add to (or start) your Burley Winter pottery collection.