We are Proud to list a very large Collection of ROSEMEADE, UND SCHOOL OF MINES, DICKOTA, and 3 TRIBES pottery. This listing is for a Super Rare Margaret Kelly Cable Hand Painted Rabbit Paperweight/Figurine. University of North Dakota pottery might fairly be called the grandparent of North Dakota potteries.
They are the oldest (the School of Mines at UND was established in 1890), and they helped train some who became giants in North Dakota Pottery (Charles Grantier and Laura Taylor). Dean Babcock, a chemist, made surveys of North Dakota's mineral resources, including clay. He learned that we have deposits of high grade potter's clay, some of unusual purity.
Babcock sent North Dakota clay to several pottery concerns: Meyer Pottery, Roseville, Owens, Handicraft Guild, and Ferock, among others. Pottery made by these firms and others was displayed at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 and at the 1909 National Corn Exposition in Omaha.The School of Mines experimented with and developed many clays and glazes. Clays used included Dickinson, Beulah, Hebron, Mandan, Weigel, Red and Grey Ross, McCurdy, Hettinger, and bentonite. Much North Dakota pottery was made from a mix of Hettinger, Mandan, Red Ross, and Beulah clay. Bentonite clays, which fired to a rich burnt sienna color, were used primarily for pottery with Indian motifs.
An advantage of bentonite was that it could have glazes applied to green ware and be finished in one firing. Margaret Cable was head of the University of North Dakota School of Mines Ceramics Department from 1910 to 1949. She instructed thousands of students and gave countless lectures and demonstrations throughout the state and nation. She won numerous state and national awards. Her artistic accomplishments were many, and her work is among the most sought after of the North Dakota potters.
Among her staff were Flora Cable Huckfield, Margaret Cable's sister, who was with the School of Mines from 1924 to 1949. Hildegard Fried was on staff from 1918 to 1924, Frieda Hammers from 1926 to 1939, Julia Mattson from 1924 to 1963, and Margaret Pachl from 1949 to 1970. A talented student, Laura A.Taylor attended UND from 1931 to 1933 and was a student assistant in ceramics for a time. She was State Supervisor of the WPA pottery project and later established Rosemeade Pottery. Another talented student was Charles Grantier.
He was a student assistant in ceramics. He worked for Dickota Pottery and also was State Supervisor of the WPA pottery project. With Julia Mattson's retirement in 1963, use of the UND seal to mark North Dakota pottery was dropped. When you think of the University of North Dakota School of Mines, Margaret Kelly Cable is the first person that comes to mind.Through her dedication of the art of pottery, she produced many unique and innovative methods and hand made Pottery Art items. This unique hand made, hand painted Rabbit paperweight/figurine is a excellent example of her work. It is a simple but unique item, about 4 1/2" from nose to tail and 2 3/4" at its widest point, and marked 105 MC on the bottom. No chips, cracks, or crazing. Don't miss out on your chance to own this rare and unique item from a true artist! Vintage handmade Pottery like this will have Rough edges, Minor Glaze Skips/Pops, Minor Crazing and other Minor Imperfections compared to Today's mass manufactured products. If there are any Obvious problems with the item we will note it as best we can. We are using information from the North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society and Darlene Hurst Dommel's Dakota Potteries Collector's Encyclopedia for reference to this great collectible! Please take a look at the pictures and ask any questions and be sure to check out the other great items we have listed for your collection! The item "Super Rare UND School of Mines Margaret Cable Hand Painted Rabbit Paperweight" is in sale since Monday, June 2, 2014. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Dakota Pottery". The seller is "wideglide62" and is located in Mandan, North Dakota. This item can be shipped worldwide.