This set of ceramic sculptures by Nicodemus Pottery consists of figures of Mary and Jesus, Joseph, and a lamb to tenderly depict a scene from the classic nativity story. A lasting figure in the Columbus art scene, Chester Nicodemus (1901-1990) imbues gentle reverence onto the figures in this set, with each character bowing their heads in reverence or silently praying towards the newborn Christ child held in the Virgin Mary’s arms. Glazed in a glossy, translucent white, each figure in this set of ceramic sculptures is stamped with Nicodemus’ studio insignia along their underside, ensuring 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 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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