Rare Large NICODEMUS Squirrel c.1970
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This is an incredibly rare piece of Nicodemus pottery, a large squirrel sitting on his haunches; other squirrel pieces are typically smaller and less intricately glazed. The raw red of the squirrel’s fur comes in through the color of the clay with the raw glazes making up the chest, tail, and eyes of the piece.
About the Artist:
Chester Nicodemus (1901-1990) was a Columbus, Ohio potter, sculptor, and teacher known for his small clay birds, as well as other wildlife, teapots and pitchers. His pieces are recognizable as being produced with variously colored translucent glazes, which enhanced the redness of the high iron content of Ohio clay to create a russet brown undertone.
Nicodemus earned a degree from Cleveland Art School and then went on to teach at Dayton Art School and Wittenberg College. In 1932, he became dean at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later taught at Ohio State University and served as president of the Columbus Art League. All of Nicodemus' molds and glazes were destroyed upon his death at his request.
5"H x 6"W