Sleek carafe in sugar white. Tall neck is 3.75 tall. Spout is 2.25 out from neck.No chips or cracks - please review photos for complete description. Russel wright launched its first line of dinnerware in 1939 with the american modern collection, produced by the steubenville pottery company in ohio. As such, vintage russel wright steubenville dishes, made from earthenware and in shades like coral, seafoam and chartreuse, date from this period. American modern pieces were unadorned by decorations, which made them modern, and formed from earthenware, which made them affordable. But earthenware is relatively fragile compared to stoneware and porcelain, so many vintage pieces of american modern on the market today are marred by chips.
The next significant line of russel wright dinnerware is the iroquois of new york series, made of high-fired china. From here, russel wright experimented with materials, creating the plastic-based melmac, and eventually furniture. Iroquois casual for iroquois china (1946-1960s).Wright's next line, casual, was manufactured of a high-fired china by iroquois of new york. Colors for this more durable dinnerware ran from sugar white and lemon yellow to ripe apricot and pink sherbet. More difficult to find are pieces wright designed for paden city pottery company and the sterling china company, which produced restaurant ware. With its simple, but organic shapes, dual-purpose, never before seen serving pieces, innovative tab-handled bowls and coupe style plates, american modern set the modern design trend in dinnerware for the next 20 years.
At the time of its introduction, it was so different that steubenville only agreed to go into production after russel wright financed initial production and he had secured a large order from hudson's department store in detroit. American modern became so identified with modern design, in the 1950s, the potter's union used the generic term russel wright shape to describe all modern-style dinnerware. During american modern's 20-year production, glaze colors and pieces were introduced, dropped or modified. Some glaze colors, such as coral, granite grey and chartreuse were very popular and consistently offered during the life of the line. In ceramics, modernist collectors focus on the wright designed dinnerware lines american modern, iroquois casual, highlight, white, and white cover.
Modernist collectors focus on single pieces rather than a full dinnerware service. Today, russel wright dishware is produced by bauer pottery of southern california. Not only does this add a retro touch to your home, but ends up being more sustainable in the process. This item is made of ceramic.