Posted by on October 9, 2011 in Best of Detroit - 9 Comments

30 Pewabic Pottery Artworks in Metro Detroit

Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry and ‘Revelation Kiln’ developer Horace J. Caulkins at the peak of the American Arts & Crafts movement. In 1918 Perry would wed architect William “Buck” Stratton who, in the first decade of the 1900s, designed the structure at 10125 East Jefferson Avenue which houses Pewabic Pottery’s studio, showroom and museum to this day. Mary Stratton’s pervasive influence on Detroit’s architectural legacy is unquestioned and, in our opinion, unique among both women and non-architects. I Love Detroit Michigan presents here, for your pleasure, an inventory of our favorite public and semi-public Pewabic Pottery artworks in Metropolitan Detroit. Enjoy! ~I♥DM

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1. Pewabic tile floor mosaic #1 (c.1958)

Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church narthex

1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

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2. Pewabic tile floor mosaic #2 (c.1958)

Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church narthex

1340 West Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills

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3. Pewabic tile floors (c.1928)

Christ Church Cranbrook choir

Lone Pine & Church Road, Bloomfield Hills

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4. Baptismal Font in Pewabic tile (c.1995)

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church

48115 Schoenherr Road, Shelby Township

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5. Drinking fountain in Pewabic tile (c.2003)

Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch

40900 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township

 

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6. Baptismal Font in Pewabic tile (c.2010)

St. Ronald Catholic Church

17701 Fifteen Mile Road, Clinton Township

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7. Custom Pewabic “Cottage Hospital” emblem (c.2001)

Main entrance alcove of Henry Ford Cottage Hospital

159 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms

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8. Detroit skyline & riverfront in Pewabic tile

Edith McNaughton Ford Center for Radiation Oncology at Henry Ford Cottage Hospital

159 Kercheval Avenue, Grosse Pointe Farms

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9. Detroit themed Pewabic ceramics

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

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10. Custom fireplace mantle in Pewabic tile

‘Legacy Collection’ showroom

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

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11. Custom Pewabic backsplash tiles

‘Legacy Collection’ showroom

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

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12. Naval & Maritime Service Pewabic Emblems (c.1930)

R. Thornton Brodhead Naval Armory entrance pavillion

7600 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

(William “Buck” Stratton, husband of Chase Perry, designed these emblems, as evidenced by his signature upon the third.)

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13. “Sister Water” by Hashim Al-Tawil (c.2002-2008)

Father Solanus Casey Center

Mt. Elliott Street between Kercheval & St. Paul Avenue, Detroit

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14. Caulkins Family Memorial (c.1920s)

Elmwood Cemetery, Section 11

Robert Bradby Drive & Lafayette Street, Detroit

(Horace J. Caulkins, buried here, was Mary Chase Stratton’s founding partner at Pewabic Pottery and the developer of Pewabic’s revolutionary ‘Revelation’ kiln. We’re told that Stratton herself designed and fired the Pewabic tiles for this monument.)

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15. Griswold Street entrance Pewabic mosaic (c.1929)

Guardian Building

Griswold & Congress Street, Detroit

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16. Congress Street window frame Pewabic mosaic (c.1929)

Guardian Building

Griswold & Congress Street, Detroit

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17. “In Honor of Mary Chase Stratton” by Diana Kulisek with Pewabic Pottery (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Cadillac Center Station

Detroit

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18. “Detroit New Morning” in Pewabic tile by Alvin Loving, Jr. (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Millender Center Station

Detroit

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19. “In Honor of W. Hawkins Ferry” by Tom Phardel with Pewabic Pottery (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Times Square Station

Detroit

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20. “People Mover: Art in the Stations” in Pewabic tile (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Times Square Station

Detroit

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21. Detroit Tigers Pewabic tile mosaic #1 (c.2000)

Comerica Park

Montcalm Street just east of John R, Detroit

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22. Detroit Tigers Pewabic tile mosaic #2 (c.2000)

Comerica Park

Witherell @ Elizabeth Street, Detroit

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23. Pewabic tile drinking fountain

Wayne State University ‘Old Main’ building

Cass & Warren Avenue, Detroit

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24. Pewabic tile fireplace mantle

Detroit Public Library Main Branch ‘Teen Zone’ (formerly ‘Children’s Library’)

5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

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25. Pewabic scarab medallion (c.1928)

The Scarab Club

John R & Farnsworth Street, Detroit

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26. Central door Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street, Detroit

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27. Central roofline Pewabic mosaic (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street, Detroit

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28. North & south roofline Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street, Detroit

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29. North & south door Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street, Detroit

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30. Pewabic tile floor mosaics (c.1921)

Church of the Most Holy Redeemer chancel

Junction St & West Vernor Highway, Detroit

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Do you know of a public Pewabic Pottery artwork that we haven’t covered here? We’d love to hear about it. Please do us a huge favor and email the location and any relevant details to [email protected] and we’ll consider including it in a future post. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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