Vintage Nemadji pottery wedding vase green swirl, Mid Century ceramic vase souvenir pottery, Southwestern decor, ceramics and pottery vase

$28.00

This vase bears the stamp Nemadji Pottery U.S.A., the Moose Lake, Minnesota, company that began producing swirled pottery in 1929. From Etsy blog post History Lesson: Nemadji Pottery, "The name 'Nemadj' is an Ojibwe word meaning 'left-handed', but was easily misunderstood to be the name of a tribe. In the information sheet that accompanied their pots, Nemadji stressed that their wares were made with the same clays and shapes used by Native Americans. The connection of this marbled style of decoration with Native American production was more assumption than fact, but Nemadji was happy to encourage the idea. In reality, Eric Hellman, a Nemadji employee and Danish immigrant, came up with the idea to decorate the vases using simple house paint." I've come across a fair share of Nemadji...and I pass on most. Yet this vase stands out for the vibrant greens and rusty orange--which remind me of my gorgeous Rio Grande Valley cottonwoods and the browns coming alive--and I love that errant black line going across one side. And, of course this style is a take on the Native American traditional wedding vase, each of the spouts representing one partner in the matrimonial couple.

The vase measure 6-3/4" tall and has a base 2-1/2" in diameter. No chips or cracks. The matte surface does have a couple of pieces of extra clay that got backed into the piece.

A celebration of culture and place...and time.


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