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Footed Bowl

about 1955
Edwin Scheier (American, 1910–2008), Mary Goldsmith Scheier (American, 1908–2007)

Object Place: Durham, New Hampshire, United States


Overall: 22.5 x 19.1 x 18.4 cm (8 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stoneware with sgraffito decoration

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Footed bowl having a metallic glaze into which a calligraphic design has been inscribed. The design pattern in four inches wide and circumscribes the bowl. Interior glaze is brown.

Unlike many of their contemporaries who focused on color and glaze experiments, the Scheiers frequently portrayed human figures and other images on the surface of their pots. These abstracted, simplified designs in sgraffito decoration—scratching through one layer of glaze to reveal another—related to the larger international abstract art movement prevalent in the mid-20th century.


Inscribed inside foot of bowl: "Scheier"


To MFA, 1990, gift of Margaret Craver Withers.

Credit Line

Gift of Margret Craver Withers