Chicago: Hull House Kilns, [circa 1927-1940].
Unbound. Two pottery casserole dishes and two pottery handled mugs, all with glossy light yellow glaze. The dishes are 7.5" in diameter (about 10" at widest part with the handles). Unmarked. Fine condition. The mugs are 5.75" tall and about 4" in diameter with graceful handles. Marked "Hull House Kilns Chicago HHK" on the bottom of each mug. Fine. The social settlement Hull House was founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates. They founded a pottery in 1927, supervised by Myrtle M. French, a ceramics instructor at the Arts Institute of Chicago, who taught ceramics classes at Hull House. It was also used as a place for immigrants, mostly Mexicans, to practice their country crafts. Hull House also held evening classes conducted by social workers who belonged to the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society. During the Depression many of the Mexican potters returned to Mexico, although the pottery studio stayed open until 1940. The relative simplicity of the designs belie the pleasing elegance of the pottery.