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"Salamina" Dish
circa 1939
Vernon Kilns

earthenware glaze

Not currently on view

Gift of the American Ceramic Society

Vernon Kilns. Vernon, California, 1931–1958 Rockwell Kent (pattern designer). American, 1882–1971 Gale Turnbull (shape designer). American, 1887–1964 Jane Foster Bennison (shape designer). American, 1913–2001 A multitalented individual, Rockwell Kent (1882–1971) was a painter, illustrator, architect, and writer. As a young man, he attended Columbia University’s School of Architecture in New York. At the same time, he enrolled in evening and summer classes at several art schools, studying painting with several notable artists, including William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri, both of whom are represented in the American Art Galleries at Mint Museum Uptown. Although he began his career as an architect, he eventually left it to paint full-time. He quickly found success exhibiting his work in New York galleries and in 1907 had his first solo show there. In 1939, Kent received a commission to design three dinnerware patterns for Vernon Kilns in California. His first pattern was Salamina, named after the Inuit woman whom Kent met when he traveled to Greenland earlier in the decade. In 1935, he had published his memoir of that trip, and his figural images for the Vernon Kilns service derive from the illustrations he created for his publication.

Accession Number: 2006.102.55


height: 14 inches
width: 1.125 inches

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