White Clover cup and saucer

MAKER:
Manufacturer

Harker Pottery ( American, 1840 - 1972 )


Designer

Russel Wright ( American, 1904 - 1976 )

DATE:
designed 1951
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General Description

Although critically acclaimed following its 1951 debut - the Museum of Modern Art gave it a Good Design award and immediately added it to its collection - the reception of Russel Wright's White Clover line in the factory and in department stores was less favorable. Harker Pottery quickly discovered that the shapes and glazes were more expensive to produce than expected and that the sizes of the largest plates were not standard and thus required special treatment in the kiln and costly packaging. Retailers complained that the pottery did not offer the correct assortment of pieces in its starter sets. Due to stagnant sales that had barely reached 60 percent of projections, White Clover was withdrawn in 1955.

Adapted from

Charles L. Venable, China and Glass in America 1880-1980 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 349, 463.

Fun Facts

White Clover was available in four colors: Golden Spice, Meadow Green, Coral Sand, and Charcoal.

Excerpt from

Charles L. Venable, China and Glass in America 1880-1980 (Dallas, TX: Dallas Museum of Art: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2000), 349, 463.