This lovely piece of art pottery was made by Burley Winter in the early part of the 20th Century; the heyday of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
The mold is #3 and the shape was perhaps intended as a lamp base but it has not been drilled and makes a very pleasing vase. Measure 6 3/4" tall, about 5 3/4" at the widest diameter, 3" at the top rim and 4" at the base.
The unusual blended glaze technique was perfected by the company and it is mesmerizing and somehow three-dimensional. Difficult to describe and impossible to capture in a photograph. This example is a mottled combination of plum (or cranberry) and mellow green with spots of smoky white here and there and a very subtle band of yellow around the largest diameter. A lovely matte glaze finish. Marked "3" on bottom.
In wonderful condition with no damage and shows very few of the manufacturing imperfections that are not uncommon on BW and Ohio pottery in general. These may take the form of glaze pops, extra bits of clay and glaze misses. This is a very nice example.
Burley Winter was one of the hundreds of Ohio potteries located in the so-called 'Clay Corridor' of South Eastern Ohio. Located in Crooksville, the Burley family made pottery early in Ohio history and in the late 1880's joined with Mr. Winter. The partnership lasted until the 1930's when the company, like so many of their competitors, fell victim to the Great Depression. The are perhaps lesser known that other companies from the area and this may be attributed to the fact that their pieces were rarely marked.
The Burley family is once again making lovely pottery which is clearly marked: "New Burley Winter".