For your consideration, a fine modernist pitcher by the noted Australian ceramicist G. Bout, circa 1960-1983. The work measures 25cm (9 ¾”) tall and is 6” from spout to handle. The pitcher features a richly gradated slightly metallic chocolate brown-black glaze and distinctively modernist lines; the vase’s body is elegantly proportioned and the graceful handle extends from the vase’s lower mid-body to the top of the mouth. The work is in mint condition with no chips, scratches, or cracks and is identified with the makers stamp “Made BY G.Bout ART POTTER CRAFERS 5 AUS”. Dutch born Geurt Bout (1925- ) began his career at the age of sixteen at Driehoek, a large commercial pottery, making slipcast tableware. He studied ceramics at Utrecht, then started his own pottery in Naarden in around 1946, employing around twenty workers. In 1954, he emigrated to South Australia, working for a time at Koster's Pottery. In 1960, he set up the Bout Art Pottery at Crafers, SA,. Working entirely on his own, he made a variety of slip cast functional wares and a small number of wheel-thrown plates. He used imported English ball clay and (after experimenting with grinding his own) American glazes. The glaze was sprayed on to create graded color effects. He also used a bronze overspray to create a metallic effect. The pottery was destroyed by bushfires in 1983.
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