Posted 9 years ago
DAVID GIL BENNINGTON CO-OP DISH
Some things are a little had to come across in Australia. American pottery is a case in point. But every once in a while you can find a piece. This is an item bought fifteen odd years ago here at the Rozelle Markets in Sydney. The Bennington name was something I’d come across years before in books but that was a totally different mottled ware. I went searching on the net but there was little information about this modernist ware. What did that mark mean?
It was only recently that I came across the mark again on the net. I had another look around on the net for David Gil (1922 – 2002) and the Bennington Collective. The topic had exploded into to something new. I went looking for the little dish and saw that it was described as a ‘trivet’. Oh dear, I thought: “Trivet?”
I discovered the ‘trivet’ while reorganizing some stuff that was headed for Vinnies. I loved the glaze and the turned lip. The dots of yellow, orange/red and blue glaze sit quite proud of the matt grey background glaze. I really don’t see this as a trivet. Nothing would sit steadily on the surface.
Then I came across a youtube interview with Gloria Gil and discovered a little more about the Bennington experiment. Gloria explained the meaning behind the impressed symbol: “A hand and a brain, we work with our hands and our minds.“ A mini-Bauhaus in Vermont: pottery, furniture, fabrics and design …… all with a Scandinavian modern twist. Cooperative Design. Set up in Benedict Arnold’s home in 1948 with $12,000 after a stint in the Merchant Navy in WWII! It became one of the most popular destinations in South Vermont.
Bennington Rolled Edge Plate or Trivet.
It is 4.6 " or 11.75 cm.
The number on the back is *1290