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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Newcomb Pottery Revisited

[Images from The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb PotterySkira Rizzoli, 2013.]

Several years ago I wondered aloud if the women designers of Newcomb Pottery could have imagined the expanded opportunities available to today's creatives living and working in New Orleans. Talents like Rebecca Rebouche, Shelley Hesse, and Kaki Foley. Well, starting next week -- Tulane’s 2013 Homecoming -- and continuing into 2014, we'll be reversing the focus, looking back at the Newcomb wares with fresh eyes. An exhibition featuring about 180 pieces (Newcomb textiles, bookbinding and metalwork as well as the iconic ceramics) will be on view October 3 through March 2014 at Newcomb Art Gallery.

This major show, Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, is then slated to travel to the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens and later tour the U.S. Also, Rizzoli is releasing the accompanying book, The Arts & Crafts of Newcomb Pottery, filled with wonderful detail shots of the luscious glazes and the women's trademark stylized renderings of Southern flora -- magnolia, Spanish moss, crepe myrtle. I think these up close views of the flattened patterns will help viewers see design connections with Iznik ceramics and maybe even the Tory Burch fall 2013 Nouveau-influenced dress I spied yesterday in line at Starbuck's.

In case you missed it in a previous post, this Newcomb vase is in the High's collection. Although credited to Joseph Fortune Meyer, the man who threw the pot, it was painted by a woman. One of the goals of the show is to identify more of the individual Newcomb artists who've remained anonymous.

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