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Pottery: vase

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  • This porcelain vase has a tan glaze on the outside to which mineral crystals have been added; the inside is mauve. It was made by W.B. Stephen of Pisgah Forest Pottery in 1936. The underside is marked with Pisgah Forest's trademark image of 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 crystalline glaze effects for many years. This vase was donated to the Southern Highland Craft Guild by Sarah P. Thomas, whose father Robert W. Pack, originally purchased the piece.