Adelaide Alsop Robineau American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

Adelaide Alsop Robineau was a consummate craftsman and a brilliant designer, who, working on her own, tackled the challenging medium of porcelain in an era when the medium was the domain of large-scale commercial factories. Like many talented women of her era, she began her career as a china painter and teacher, and with her husband, Samuel Robineau, founded the extraordinarily influential periodical Keramic Studio (later Design). She was a pioneer in the field of ceramics, and challenged traditional gender roles in her trail-blazing career, throwing the clay herself, decorating, and glazing her vessels. Her artistic porcelains are today acknowledged to surpass the work of any other American studio potter.

This vase is from Robineau’s brief stint in 1905 making slip-cast vessels that were canvases on which she displayed some of her finest and well-perfected crystalline glazes.

Through her exceptional work which was exhibited widely both throughout the United States and abroad and both her editorial voice and articles in Keramic Studio, Robineau left an indelible print on the history of American ceramic, and was significant in paving the way for American studio potters that follow in the decades after her death.

Vase, Adelaide Alsop Robineau (American, Middletown, Connecticut, 1865–1929 Syracuse, New York), Porcelain, American

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