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Vermont Studio potter Stanley Ballard (1917-1960) graduated from Alfred University’s highly respected Ceramic Program in 1939, having studied there while these influential teachers were part of the faculty: Marion Fosdick, Charles Harder, Clarence Merritt, and C. Katherine Nelson.

 From 1937-1939 he was a classmate of Glidden Parker. He had his studio in Burlington Vermont from 1946 -1960 until his untimely tragic death in February 1960. 

 Produced by Vermont Mid-Century studio potter Stanley Ballard  who worked in the Burlington area, this Ballard #1 brown white mottled ashtray  

<b>Small expressive multi-colored spatterware bowl is a treat for the eyes and the hands with its vivid colors and varied textures.  


Green, Yellow, Black, Orange and White.

Maker: Unknown  Here is a whimsical modern stoneware piece from the late David Gil at Bennington Potters in Vermont. started by David Gil in 1948. It is from the 1959-1960 period when Gil included both the words Design Cooperative and Bennington Vermont.

Bennington Potters is among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. 

After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores. In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as "Art Objects in the Practical Realm" - Museum Honored, Hand-crafted, Modestly Priced."

This square 8 inch diameter trivet / plaque was advertised in the 1964 catalogue as 1532, a trivet which could also be hung on the wall as a plaque as it had a built-in wire on the back. This piece is shown in the 1964 catalogue as and is titled there Sun. Its original 1964 price was $3.00. This was designed by David Gil.

It features a cheery sun done in colors of yellow and green. 

The back of the trivet/plaque has a wire hanger which was embedded in the pottery. It retains all four original rubber feet which protects the flat surface upon which one sets it. It is signed 1532 and has the spark mark on the forearm inside a rectangle made up of COOPERATIVE DESIGN and BENNINGTON POTTERS VERMONT. This is a transition mark used only in the 1960-1962 time period. It is in excellent vintage condition.

Add it to your Midcentury Studio Pottery or Bennington Potters collection today.   

Ballard #1 brown white mottled ashtray $15.00


Handcrafted Impressionist Bowl - Small $4.75


Bennington Potters #1532 Sun Trivet / Plaq $32.00


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