Crystalline Cabinet Vase
Adelaide Robineau (1865–1929, American)
6 1/4 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches
Adelaide Robineau started her pottery career as a china painter, which was the role women typically filled in potteries, while men did the “heavy work” of forming the ceramics. She soon became a potter in her own right. Robineau went on to teach pottery full time at Syracuse University, after her pottery failed to be as financially successful as she had hoped. Robineau and her husband ran a pottery magazine, Keramic Studio, first published in 1899, geared towards china painters. It showed good design and contained articles by potters and critics. Robineau, who was unsatisfied being pigeonholed as a china painter, encouraged her readers to become potters as well and to produce and decorate pottery all on their own. Robineau experimented with formulas for different glazes, working toward her first successful crystalline glaze (like the one seen on this vase) in 1904. Crystalline-glazed pottery sports snowflake-like formations on its surface.
ON VIEW in Arts & Crafts Gallery 3
Raised "AR" circle monogram, bottom center
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art