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Laura Andreson



10.25 x 7.25 x 7.25 in.
Gift of the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation

Laura Andreson’s Bottle showcases her mastery of porcelain and sustained interest in glaze chemistry through the delicate pale blue and green glaze. Porcelain held little interest for American studio potters due to its association with elitism until the latter half of the twentieth century. The material is notoriously difficult to work with due to its plasticity and unforgiving tendency to showcase any mistake the potter makes. Andreson dedicated the latter half of her career to mastery of the material. Bottle is a classical form that appears almost egg-like due to the delicate glazing. Upon her retirement from UCLA in 1970, Andreson received a grant through the National Endowment for the Arts, which she used to experiment with porcelain clay bodies, firing techniques, and glazes.

Laura Andreson was invited to give demonstrations at Utah State University in the early 1980s while plans were being made to establish the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art. Andreson was an earlier supporter of the project and donated a significant number of her pieces to the museum’s early collection. Few institutions outside of USU can claim such substantial holdings of her work.

Matthew Limb

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