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 skyline and architectural legacy is unquestioned and unique among 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!

Pewabic Pottery 1 Kirk in the Hills1. 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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Pewabic Pottery 2 Kirk in the Hills2. 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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Pewabic Pottery 3 1 Christ Church Cranbrook3. Pewabic tile floor (c.1928)

Christ Church Cranbrook choir

Lone Pine & Church Road

Bloomfield Hills

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Pewabic Pottery 4 1 St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church4. Baptismal Font in Pewabic tile (c.1995)

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church

48115 Schoenherr Road

Shelby Township

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Pewabic Pottery 5 3 Macomb Clinton Public Library Main Branch5. Drinking fountain in Pewabic tile (c.2003)

Clinton-Macomb Public Library Main Branch

40900 Romeo Plank Road

Clinton Township

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Pewabic Pottery 6 2 St Ronald Catholic Church6. Baptismal Font in Pewabic tile (c.2010)

St. Ronald Catholic Church

17701 Fifteen Mile Road

Clinton Township

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Pewabic Pottery 7 Henry Ford Cottage Hospital7. 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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Pewabic Pottery 8 Henry Ford Cottage Hospital8. 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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Pewabic Pottery 9 Pewabic Pottery Museum and Store9. Detroit themed Pewabic ceramics

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue

Detroit.

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Pewabic Pottery 10 Pewabic Pottery Museum and Store10. Custom fireplace mantle in Pewabic tile

‘Legacy Collection’ showroom

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue

Detroit.

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Pewabic Pottery 11 Pewabic Pottery Museum and Store11. Custom Pewabic backsplash tiles

‘Legacy Collection’ showroom

Pewabic Pottery Store & Museum

10125 East Jefferson Avenue

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 13 3 R Thornton Brodhead Naval Armory12. Naval & Maritime Service Pewabic Emblems (c.1930)

R. Thornton Brodhead Naval Armory entrance pavillion

7600 East Jefferson Avenue

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 14 1 Solanus Casey Center13. “Sister Water” by Hashim Al-Tawil (c.2002-2008)

Father Solanus Casey Center

Mt. Elliot Street between Kercheval & St. Paul Avenue

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 15 2 Elmwood Cemetery14. 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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Pewabic Pottery 16 1 Guardian Building15. Griswold Street entrance Pewabic mosaic (c.1929)

Guardian Building

Griswold & Congress Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 17 1 Guardian Building16. Congress Street window frame Pewabic mosaic (c.1929)

Guardian Building

Griswold & Congress Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 18 3 People Mover Cadillac Center17. “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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Pewabic Pottery 19 2 People Mover Millender Center18. “Detroit New Morning” in Pewabic tile by Alvin Loving, Jr. (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Millender Center Station

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 20 People Mover Times Square Station19. “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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Pewabic Pottery 21 2 People Mover Times Square Station20. “People Mover: Art in the Stations” in Pewabic tile (c.1987)

Detroit People Mover: Times Square Station

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 22 Comerica Park21. Detroit Tigers Pewabic tile mosaic #1 (c.2000)

Comerica Park

Montcalm Street just east of John R

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 23 1 Comerica Park22. Detroit Tigers Pewabic tile mosaic #2 (c.2000)

Comerica Park

Witherell at Elizabeth Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 24 1 Wayne State University Old Main23. Pewabic tile drinking fountain

Wayne State University ‘Old Main’ building

Cass & Warren Avenue

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 25 1 Detroit Public Library Main Branch24. Pewabic tile fireplace mantle

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

5201 Woodward Avenue

Detroit

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Scarab Club 125. Pewabic scarab medallion (c.1928)

The Scarab Club

John R & Farnsworth Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 26 Detroit Mackenzie High School26. Central door Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 27 Detroit Mackenzie High School27. Central roofline Pewabic mosaic (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 28 Detroit Mackenzie High School28. North & south roofline Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 29 Detroit Mackenzie High School29. North & south door Pewabic mosaics (c.1931)

David Mackenzie High School (demolished)

Formerly located at 9275 Wyoming Street

Detroit

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Pewabic Pottery 30 1 Church of the Most Holy Redeemer30. 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] so we can include it in a future post. ~I♥DM

Pewabic Pottery 30 3 Church of the Most Holy Redeemer

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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.

9 Comments

  1. BRIAN
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I guess you didn t get into St Paul’s Episcopal. But nice work , I love it!

  2. Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    […] highlights include a colorful Pewabic tile scarab medallion on the south facade, and an all-copper, abstract Stephen Veresh sculpture […]

  3. Msmolly
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Years ago when I lived in the Detroit area there was an upscale restaurant on Jefferson with curved high-back seating trimmed in Pewabic tile, and more tile in various parts of the restaurant. I’d love to know if it is still there.

  4. Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for the comment, Molly. I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the restaurant you speak of but I would love to be! Do you remember any more details about its exact location or what type of food was served there?

  5. Posted April 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    […] array of colors set in diamond patterns by Rookwood Tile Company of Cinncinati. Not to be outdone, Pewabic Pottery of Detroit furnished the bright tiles set into the recessed windows and entrances that greet visitors. Other […]

  6. Nancy Wellinger
    Posted June 24, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I wasn’t aware of Pewabic pottery before I moved to Detroit. Love it!

  7. Posted June 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for reading, Nancy!

  8. Posted June 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

    […] Augustus O’Dell, William “Buck” Stratton, Stratton’s soon-to-be wife and co-founder of Detroit’s famed Pewabic Pottery Company, Mary Chase Perry, and her close assoc…. Later, in the 30s, Rowland would also preside over the local chapter of the American Institute […]

  9. LiveALot
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I first learned about Pewabic pottery from Antiques Roadshow. Sadly I had worked in Toledo area and could have visited it and the Guardian building had I known how beautiful it is. Having been to Cincinati I was in love with Rookwood pottery and was not suprised to learn that Mary Chase Perry Stratton had studied art in Cincinnati. When you see the Guardian bldg and see how art and life can intersect you wish there was alot more of that in real life but I guess only big money can afford it.

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