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    Posted 3 years ago

    kwqd
    (833 items)

    This was a Goodwill find yesterday. Don't remember what I paid for it, so it was probably under $2. I have a lot of sugar and creamer sets, because I like the idea of the ceremony around using them. Maybe because I lived in Japan for 18 months? That being said, I never use them as I like my coffee and tea straight, but they can be beautiful art objects. Ken McDonald and his wife were apparently potters of note and are often described as Mid-Century potters. This creamer is 4.25" high x 3" long x 3.25" wide. It is a good sized creamer, probably made between 1946 and 1954.

    From https://www.themarksproject.org/marks/mcdonald

    Ken McDonald, Barbara Holden, Kennedy McDonald, J Kennedy McDonald
    1921 Born Tennessee
    1987 Died Florida

    EDUCATION

    1946-1949 Coursework, Chemistry, Mathematics, Electronics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

    PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

    1941—Radio Man, United States Navy
    1946-1954 Co-owner, Markus Ceramics, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
    1954-1969 Co-owner, McDonald Pottery, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Kennedy McDonald is known for Kick wheel thrown functional pottery. Early work was slip molded. McDonald and his wife, Barbara McDonald, worked together at McDonald Pottery formerly Markus Ceramics. They used Ohio red ball clay and fired in a square electric kiln during their years as Markus Ceramics. During the McDonald Pottery years, they switched to stoneware and firing in a gas kiln. Glazes pallet included earth tones, opaque whites and blues.

    Public Collections

    Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina

    Bibliography

    Blim, Sherry L., “ The McDonald Pottery: Clay with a Voice.” Vase Finder, http://www.vasefinder.com/pw-members/articles/mcdonald.pottery.asp

    Smith, Samuel D. and Stephen T. Rogers. Tennessee Potteries, Pots and Potters 1790s – 1950 Volume 1. Nashville, TN: Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, 2011.

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    Comments

    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      very nice mcm piece! looks to be the quality of the very best mcm pottery.
    2. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks! The inside is just as striking as the outside. I may swap one of these photos out for a shot of the inside. Really high quality piece. Now I am fretting that I might have missed a sugar bowl, if there was one. I went back but didn't find one.
    3. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks for loving my MCM creamer

      ho2cultcha
      fortapache
      dlpetersen
      vetraio50
      aura
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    4. kwqd kwqd, 3 years ago
      Thanks, iggy!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 7 months ago
      Thanks MrMaglue!

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