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Sadie Irvine

(1887–1970)

Irvine Vases, courtesy of Roger H. Ogden Collection

 

Raised in a small Catholic family in Uptown New Orleans, artist and educator Sadie Irvine is considered by many scholars to be the leading figure in the influential Newcomb Pottery movement. The 1906 Newcomb College graduate taught pottery, design, and watercolor at the school until her retirement in 1952. Mentored by Ellsworth Woodward, Irvine designed many vases with oak, moss, and moon motifs, drawn directly onto the clay shape with perfect eye-measured width and modernist abstract aesthetics. Irvine’s craftsmanship is particularly evident in Newcomb’s geometric-based Espanol designs, inspired by odd patterns Ellsworth discovered in a hand-carved Spanish mantel in the French Quarter.

 

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Sadie Irvine." In knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana, edited by David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 2010–. Article published September 12, 2012. http://www.knowlouisiana.org/entry/sadie-irvine.

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Staff of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Sadie Irvine" knowlouisiana.org Encyclopedia of Louisiana. Ed. David Johnson. Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 12 Sep 2012. Web. 24 Sep 2017.

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Additional Data

Coverage 1887–1970
Category Art
Topics People
Regions Greater New Orleans
Time Periods Bourbon Era, Late-20th Century, Long Era
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