A rare piece from Nicodemus Pottery, this small duck circa 1950 has a unique robin’s egg blue glossy glaze with black eyes and neutral beak. Bits of the rust colored clay peeks through the light blue glaze for a handcrafted look. Signed and stickered on bottom.
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 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.
This duck is amongst hundreds of pieces of ceramics that are available at our showroom in Grandview! Come in today and see the full collection.