About MARK BASSETT
Mark Bassett is a researcher, collector, and dealer specializing in American art pottery. His Art Pottery Shop invites guests to admire, study, and fully appreciate these remarkable works of art. Mark feels: “We must conserve them for future generations!”
Member, American Art Pottery Association
Co-author with Victoria Naumann Smoot, Cowan Pottery and the Cleveland School
Author, Introducing Roseville Pottery and Understanding Roseville Pottery
Long-time exhibitor, annual Pottery Lovers Show & Sale and selected additional shows
Instructor, Cleveland Institute of Art; previously Case Western Reserve University
Art pottery speaks to me, and I’m not sure why that is. But collecting and studying it did not begin until after I inherited a few pieces from Granny, my mother’s mother. Granny’s house was a favorite summer getaway, full of books, knick-knacks, pugs, built-ins, foreign languages, my silent Norwegian grandfather, and art. In her home, everything had a story… and as a child, I loved hearing and retelling these tales.
It was a few years after her passing, about 1987, while teaching English at Wichita State University, that I began my own collection—and later came to write books on pottery, to deal in collectible ceramics, and eventually to teach a college course in American Crafts History. Through all of this, I was fortunate to enjoy the love and support of my other half, George Cooper, who also taught me ballroom dancing. In 1997 we adopted Lakewood (a Cleveland suburb), where I know Granny would feel perfectly at ease in our 1917 century home. She would see a little of herself here.
A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE POTTERY I AM LOOKING TO BUY!
Quimper Odetta (France)
Shearwater Pottery (Mississippi)
Vally Wieselthier for Sebring (Ohio)
Cowan Pottery Sculpture
Art Deco American Ceramics
If you have something similar and would like to expand your collection or sell
one or more examples, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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