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Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly Signed Studio Pottery Vessel


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A studio pottery vessel by American artist Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly (1937-2012). This vessel is turquoise in color with black abstracted designs that depict people. Jolly described these as her "Story Pots." According to Jolly, "My story pots reflect the stories I've heard and listen to all my life. Many of these voices have universal concepts, yet come from very personal experiences. [They] also talk about the capacity to grow, a quality that is present in all of us." 

The hand built nature of the vessel is clear through the intentional decision by Jolly to not smooth the surface of the pot, showing seams where the slabs were joined together. Signed verso “MARVA JOLLY.” 

Marva Lee Pitchford-Jolly was born in Mississippi but worked out of Chicago for much of her career. She attended Roosevelt University in Chicago in the '60s, graduating with a degree in Urban Studies. In the '70s Jolly attended the Governor's State University in Illinois, received a Master's degree in Ethnic Studies and Political Science. 



10” W x 17.5” H x 10” D.

Condition notes:

Inconsistencies to glaze due to hand built nature of vase. Other age appropriate wear.

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