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Pewabic, Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery is a ceramic studio and school at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1903, the studio is known for its iridescent glazes, some of which grace notable buildings such as the Shedd Aquarium and Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The pottery continues in operation today, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.
The pottery was founded in 1903 by the artist and teacher Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace James Caulkins, her business partner. Caulkins was considered a high-heat and kiln specialist, and developed the "Revelation kiln". Mary Perry Stratton was "the artistic and marketing force." The collaboration of two and their blend of art and technology gave the pottery its distinctive qualities as Detroit's contribution to the International Arts and Crafts movement and exemplified the American Craftsman Style.
The word Pewabic is derived from the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) word "wabic", which means metal, or "bewabic", which means iron or steel, and specifically referring to the "Pewabic" Upper Peninsula copper mine where Ms. Stratton walked with her father. The company is well known for the unusual iridescent glaze covering the pottery and tiles created in a manner outlined by the International Arts and Crafts movement.
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  • Wherever you go in Detroit, Michigan, you come in contact with Pewabic pottery, which seems to be as native to Detroit as Henry Ford and Joe Louis. Located at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Pewabic...  more »
  • This Detroit institution, it's been around over a 100 years, is a great place to find a beautiful art object for your home, a special gift or a unique souvenir to remember your visit to the Motor...  more »
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  • We saw tiles from this pottery company on and in many beautiful buildings in Detroit, so we decided to pay a visit to their shop. The shop itself is housed in what used to be a residence and is a beautiful building. There is also a workshop where tiles are made. There are displays of various tiles and there are tiles and other items for sale. We spent approximately 90 minutes here and enjoyed it visit. Lots of history here and worth a visit.
  • Talking about beautiful. Pewabic is extraordinary craftsmanship. Many historic buildings were done by Pewabic. I love talking to the staff and learning new things. Nothing like a homemade gift.

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