This ceramic ornament by Nicodemus Pottery is dated vintage to 1972 and depicts a shapely “Christmas card” complete with a charming holly motif. A lasting figure in the Columbus art scene, Chester Nicodemus (1901-1990) imbues a quaint and homespun quality onto this ornament, which has been left unpierced, meaning it was likely given away by the artist himself as a gift. This ceramic ornament is glazed in a glossy, translucent green and has been stamped and affixed with Nicodemus’ studio insignia en verso, ensuring its authenticity.
About the Artist:
Chester Nicodemus (1901-1990) was a Columbus, Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher known for his small clay birds, as well as other wildlife, teapots and pitchers. His pieces are recognizable as being produced with variously colored translucent glazes, which enhanced the redness of the high iron content of Ohio clay to create a russet brown undertone. Nicodemus earned a degree from Cleveland Art School and then went on to teach at Dayton Art School and Wittenberg College. In 1932, he became dean at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later taught at The Ohio State University and served as president of the Columbus Art League. All of Nicodemus' molds and glazes were destroyed upon his death at his request.
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