Offered here is a signed piece of Polish born Art Potter, Polia Pillin (1909-1992). Whimsical is the only word to describe her work. First known as a watercolorist and oil it was in 1946 when she became interested in pottery, attending a 6 week course offered to working immigrants at the Hull House, a Chicago settlement house where social and educational opportunities were offered, this is where she learned the art of throwing and painting pots, she became a potter working at Hull House. In 1948 she set up her first pottery studio in her garage in Los Angeles. It was here that she perfected her technique of painting on wet with other colored clay. After firing the piece it was coated with a transparent glaze, then re-fired, the end result, a glass-like finish that anyone familiar with her work will recognize, this is such a piece. It is cylinder shaped (cup/bud vase) and measures 2 ¾ inches high by 2 3/8 inches in diameter. I've had this piece in my possession since 1970. The multi-color pastel design is of Pillin's famous whimsical horses, their white manes flowing out. The bands of color encircle the cup, giving this piece great movement. It is in excellent condition with no dings, cracks or chips. It does have the familiar fine crazing that is typical and normal of Pillin pottery and does not affect value. To the naked eye, the crazing is not as obvious as in the photographs. Her Pottery has become some of the most highly desirable and collected today. It is very pleasing, giving comfort to one's spirit. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.