This Dryden Pottery vase stands 8" high by 5" in diameter at its widest point. It has a handsome and very eye-pleasing form. This vase has a nicely embossed/carved and repetitive design over a subtly ribbed body. The ground glaze is brown, with a pretty blue over glaze, which thins to allow the under glaze to peek through, accentuating the design accents. Dryden Pottery is a third generation run pottery, founded in 1946 in Ellsworth, Kansas by Alan James Dryden aka "Jim", who relocated his business to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1956. His son James Kimberly 'Kimbo' Dryden was a fixture at the pottery from the age of three. As the story goes, Mr. Dryden drove to Ft. Chaffee in 1975 where refugees fleeing retaliation from North Vietnam were housed awaiting safe placement within the US. Dryden doled out clay to several men gathered there and hired the one he considered to have the most potential as a potter. Nguyen Loi won the challenge, relocated his family to Hot Springs and worked for Dryden Pottery for more than a decade. This vessel is signed 'Loi' on the base, along with the company markings, and date '81' for 1981. This vase is in original condition, no apologies. If you'd like to learn more about Dryden Pottery, I've added a couple of links, which you might like.
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