Pewabic's work is in many prominent places, including the Guardian Building. (Paul Erickson)
A new exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum looks at the history of Pewabic Pottery and showcases its role in the city of Detroit.
“Made by Hand: Detroit’s Ceramic Legacy” opened last week in the museum’s Community Gallery. The retrospective also examines the growth of the arts and crafts movement in the U.S. and the development of ceramic art. The exhibit is scheduled to end Jan. 12.
Pewabic was founded in 1903. Its studio and education center on the city’s east side are a National Historic Landmark. Pewabic’s works are in many prominent places in Michigan, including Comerica Park and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, as well as in buildings nationwide.
“Today, Pewabic is a multifaceted nonprofit ceramic education institution with active and growing education, exhibition, museum and design and fabrication programs,” exhibit organizers said in a statement.
Mary Chase Perry Stratton co-founded Pewabic with Horace James Caulkins, the owner of a dental supply business and a kiln innovator. A native of the Upper Peninsula town of Hancock, Stratton moved and named her business after the Pewabic Mines.
The process through which Pewabic’s tiles and other clay creations are made is a blend of traditional and modern methods.
‘Made by Hand: Detroit’s Ceramic Legacy’
'Made by Hand: Detroit's Ceramic Legacy'
Through Jan. 12
Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward, Detroit