This Linden Hills Pottery vase stands a tall 11" high by 5.5" at the shoulder, and 4.5" at the rim opening. It has a statuesque form, very shapely. This is a wheel-thrown pot by Bill Kaufman, which feels great in hand. It was decorated by Cynthia Mosedale in a beautiful Arts & Crafts style floral motif all around in very complementary colors and fired at high temperatures, giving it the feel of a Japanese porcelain vessel. This vase is well marked, signed 'MK' on the lower side of the artwork, which is the cojoined letters representing Mosedale and Kaufman, and it bears the Linden Hills Pottery cipher 'LHP' on the base. This design line dates to the early 1980s. It is in studio original condition, with the usual glaze nuances found on hand made and decorated pots, but no apologies, it's a gorgeous vessel.
In their words, 'Founded in the heart of Minneapolis in 1979, Cynthia Mosedale and Bill Kaufmann created Linden Hills Pottery. The pottery bears the name of the neighborhood they lived in for 25 years. The Fuchsia was Cynthia’s first design that led the way to a career spanning over 40 years. Fueled by a passion for art and travel the couple have been partners in life and work. Their talented daughter, Melissa, first painted on pots when she was nineteen. Over the years, she has worked in the studio as time and family permitted. Thirty years later, she still helps out as a decorator.
All pieces are collaborative—Cynthia is the painter, Bill the potter. Although their individual contributions are different, the exchange of ideas between them as artists is essential and keeps the work fresh. Bill studied in Japan. Cynthia has a degree in studio arts and alternative education from MSU.
Color and simple form play a large role in their approach. Pieces thrown on the potter’s wheel are altered to suit function. Cynthia uses ceramic stains, slips, and glazes for her brushwork. A clear glaze and high fire (cone 9) completes the finished work.
Every piece is individual, created and signed with an ‘MK’ and/or LHP. The work is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. It is art for everyday life, made to be used, touched and enjoyed daily.'