Leaf Impressions Pottery Vase by Robert Alewine
This superb large vase was created by Robert Alewine, master potter of Alewine Pottery in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Alewine Pottery opened its doors in 1983 and is now a family business with three generations. This vase, however, was made by Robert and is signed on the bottom, incised in the clay, "Robert Alewine," rather than "Alewine Pottery." This is a piece from Robert's Signature Gallery Collection. We've included a photo of Robert at the wheel making one of his vases.
Made of a gritty gray clay, a burgundy high gloss glaze covers the bottom two-thirds or so of the vase, while the upper portion was glazed white and then drip/spattered with the same burgundy. There are four brown maple leaf impressions that Robert created using the actual leaves. The interior is fully glazed in off-white; the potter's finger marks are evident both inside and out.
The vase stands 7 3/4 inches high, has a mouth opening of 4 3/4 inches and a base diameter of a little over 5 inches. Across the shoulder the measurement is 7 inches and the vase weighs a sturdy 3 pounds, 11 ounces. It's in excellent shape, with no damage and no discernible wear. It's a beautiful container for flowers or a plant.
PLEASE NOTE: The beautiful 18 Inch platter with oak leaves, shown in our photo, is by listed potter Travis Berning and is available here:
Quote from Robert on the Alewine Pottery website:
"I graduated from high school in 1972 with a love for art with no particular direction. I made a pot in a college art class and I was hooked. Doing something at age 19 that no one else around you is doing has its own special charm and I hit it as hard as I could. Throughout the 70's I studied with Bob Munro, Charles Counts and Lewis Snyder. Connie and I married in 1975. In 1983 she and I, with 2 little girls in tow, moved to Gatlinburg TN to begin a new life journey. Our son Mark was born in 1984. This life of trying to make something beautiful from a ball of clay has had its ups and downs with plenty of stress, but the sense of satisfaction in seeing our business work and all the friends we have made over the years has made all of those sleepless winter nights somehow worth it."