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Pottery: vase

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  • This porcelain vase has a white glaze on the outside to which mineral crystals have been added. The crystals change in hue from white at the rim to blue at the base. The inside is mauve. The vase was made by W. B. Stephen of Pisgah Forest Pottery in the 1930s. The underside is marked with the Pisgah Forest trademark: a potter working at the wheel. Walter Benjamin Stephen (1875-1961), also known as W. B. Stephen, founded Pisgah Forest Pottery around 1926 in Arden, North Carolina. It continued his Nonconnah Pottery of Tennessee, which he worked with his mother. Stephen moved to the Asheville area in 1913. Stephen experimented with crystlline glaze effects for many years.