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Jonathan Hunt Vase at Newcomb College

#70 2014-01-01

This important vase was thrown and glazed by Jonathan Hunt at Newcomb College, and is impressed with the combined initials he used as potter.

Lacking the Newcomb College mark shown below (click) our gunmetal vase was likely made while Hunt had personal use of the School of Art's pottery facilities in 1933.

1930 Jonathan Hunt (JH) NC vase

Also incised on our vase (click) is what looks like a 71% or 71 1/2. It is thus likely an experimental piece, referring perhaps to the glaze mix.

From a short but fine writeup in Colorado Pottery Newcomb College had decided to reduce pottery manufacturing operations to a minimum and dismiss Hunt.

A May 1933 dean's letter addressed to Hunt stated that he "...had been loyal and...was invited to use the facilities of the school for his personal use until January 1, 1934."

Joseph Meyer

Jonathan Hunt was hired in late 1927 by Ellsworth Woodward, replacing long time potter Joseph Meyer at the end of that year. Meyer, also hired by Woodward, had been potter at Newcomb's School of Art since it's beginnings in the mid 1890s.

For Hunt's six years at the School he impressed Newcomb College pottery in the same combined manner as Joseph Meyer (click).

1922 Joseph Meyer (JM) NC vase

From Newcomb Pottery Ellsworth Woodward along with his brother William began work as instructors at Tulane in the mid 1880s. They had been assistant instructors at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The Woodwards settled in New Orleans and, early on, helped shaped the nature and direction of Newcomb Pottery long before its unofficially launch in 1894.

Ellsworth Woodward retired in 1931, and wrote this letter of recommendation in August 1933. It was provided by Jonathan Hunt's great-granddaughter Sue.

Following Hunt's departure Newcomb Pottery continued to fall on hard times. The work of the potter was combined with the ceramic chemist's job to reduce expenses. By the start of WW2, however, Newcomb College had stopped manufacturing pottery. 

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