Saturday Evening Girls Pottery
Over time SEG developed sophisticated pieces decorated with illustrations, patterns and quotations; this exemplary piece was decorated by well-known SEG artist Sara Gilner in 1914 and sold for $14,000 in 1995 through Rago Arts of Lambertville NJ
News :: Two Red Roses Foundation A fanciful bowl with stylized geese, executed 1914, Saturday Evening Girls, probably designed by Edith Brown, executed by Fannie Levine, diameter 11 5/8 inches. Several variant designs with strutting and swimming geese were produced. In some instances, they walk quietly; here, the seven geese all squawk and flap their wings, each somewhat differently.
For further reading and great pictures, "Saturday Evening Girls: Paul Revere Pottery" by Meg Chalmers and Judy Young is a great resource.
Originally formed as a summer camp in 1906 outside Boston, Saturday Evening Girls (SEG) pottery evolved into a creative haven for numerous urban working women and girls with limited prospects. The children of immigrants of Italian and Eastern European Jewish origins, the girls often started as young as 13. Many devoted into exceptional artists who devoted years to SEG. Among SEG's signature items were small dish sets for children, which could feature the child's name on request.
SEG Paul Revere Bowl Blue Glaze Rabbit Scene His Bowl William Rodman | eBay
SEG began with a friendship in 1890s Boston between Edith Brown, an artist from Nova Scotia, and Edith Guerrier, a librarian who ran reading and study clubs for young women. With the financial backing of Helen Storrow, a Boston philanthropist descended from noted abolitionists and feminists Lucretia Coffin Mott and Martha Coffin Wright, they launched SEG.
Saturday Evening Girls SEG 4 5" Vase w SHIP Seascape by Albina Mangini 1920 Mint
Iron Blue Pitcher by Sarah Moore Gutierrez from Pasadena, California. Using high fire glazes as her palette, she is inspired by the spirit of the Arts & Crafts Movement, in particular, she is moved by the Saturday Evening Girls, a group lf immigrant girls who at the turn of the century, decorated ceramics using landscapes & animals. In the spirit of the SEG, Sarah has captured the charm of the Arts & Crafts Movement, while giving it a style all her own / sassafrasspottery...
Lot# 116 FANNIE LEVINE SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS Three-piece breakfast set for Fremont: pitcher, bowl, and plate decorated in cuerda seca with blossoms, Boston, MA, 1923 All marked S.E.G./FL/2.23 Pitcher: 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3, bowl: 2 1/2 x 5 1/4, plate: 7 3/4 dia. Auction Date: Sat, June 08, 12:00PM Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Lot# 117 FANNIE LEVINE LILI SHAPIRO SATURDAY EVENING GIRLS Two plates decorated in cuerda seca with rabbits, Boston, MA, 1911/17 Smaller marked LS/CB/1.4.11/S.E.G./20, larger marked FL/S.E.G./9.17 7 3/4 dia., 6 1/2 dia. Auction Date: Sat, June 08, 12:00PM Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
vase in the Arts & Crafts style by Sara Galner, 1915; "The Saturday Evening Girls Club was formed as an organization to educate and train immigrant girls of Boston. The Paul Revere Pottery was established to provide an income to young women through the creation of dynamic pottery." Some, like Ms. Glasner, progressed to a more sophisticated style.