The Road Less Travelled
You may be accustomed to finding our traditional line, priced to be affordable to the middle class. We would love to be making it and also to be teaching others how to make our line but, alas, we do not currently have a production and training studio. To raise funds for a studio we are putting our vintage collection of rare, one of a kind and original design prototypes on the market. To learn more, follow our blog, Andersen Studio Evolution Diaries. We love this process and are committed to seeing it continue for the benefit of future makers.
This is a one-of-a-kind mug that is part of a series of seven mugs that Brenda decorated. I speculate that this series was designed on commission. These mugs correspond with the time when the movie Carousel was filmed in Boothbay Harbor. During that time there were numerous actors and others associated with the filming came by my parent’s ceramic gallery to have their portraits painted by my mother on the ceramic forms usually designed by my Dad.
However, the only part of this rare mug form that resembles my father’s sensibilities is the handle and so I believe that this mug was created as a commission and the person commissioning the work dictated the design of the form. The form is of a very delicate cast, The mugs are artifacts from a very different time when Weston and Brenda set up production as an art form with a mission to create handmade products affordable to the middle classes, at a time when the middle class was wide and dominant. Later Warhol made production an art form that made prestige art objects.
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