An American Potter
Alsop Robineau (1865-1929) was an American painter and potter
from Syracuse, NY, who began exploring porcelain as her medium for
artistic expression after having worked as a china painter. Her
work was influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement, the ideas
of William Morris and by the Art Nouveau style.
In 1899 Robineau became involved as editor in the ceramics publication
Keramic Studio, a pioneering American ceramics magazine.
It was through an article published in that magazine that she became
interested in porcelain, subsequently studying porcelain making
under the renown
Charles Binns, who taught at Alfred University between 1900
became the medium with which she would create intricately incised
works, often of a very ornate nature. Her 1910 'Scarab Vase' (pictured;
height 17"/43 cm) is regarded as being of particular importance
and is the work she is most well-known for. It's actual title is
Apotheosis of the Toiler, a reference to the 'unknown
potter', but it is also known as the Scarab Vase, because
of it's scarab theme.
Robineau is said to have spent 1000 hours working on this particular
piece. When it emerged from the bisque firing, it had numerous cracks
that her teacher told her were impossible to repair. But Robineau
filled the cracks with bisque paste and was able to finish the piece
Robineau enjoyed many successes, in particular the 1911 awarding
of the Grand Prize at the International Exposition of Decorative
Arts at Turin in Italy.
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