This Lulu Scott Backus vase stands 4" high by 5.5" in diameter.  It has a handsome platform footed form, with a flared rim.  It is glazed in a rich light to medium bold yellow-green striated glaze on the exterior, with a turquoise interior, and brown accents at the rim.  It has a satin mat exterior and a glossy interior.  This very well made pot is signed with Backus' cipher on the base.  Backus was a rock star as potters go, with a wonderfully rich history in ceramics (see below).  This vase is in original studio condition with a no harm superficial clay/glaze pop on the inside wall of the bowl, and a studio glaze/clay pull on the underside base, well shown in the photos.  The last photo is from RIT's archives, not sure which woman is Lulu Backus.  It presents quite handsomely, and serves as a wonderful example of the American art pottery movement in the first part of the 20th century.

According to online sources, Lulu Scott Backus (1873-1955) attended the State Normal School at Brockport, NY. After graduating, she worked at Brockport School 13 where she was not only principal, but taught drawing and music as well. She also taught drawing at the Rochester School for the Deaf. 

Her affiliation with RIT began when she attended the art and craft teacher training program at the Institute, when the University was known as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.  She completed her postgraduate work with Theodore Hanford Pond, working in jewelry and pottery.  She also worked under the direction of notable potter Frederick Walrath, c1909.  Later, she specialized in ceramics and worked under Charles Fergus Binns at Alfred University.  She returned to the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute and served as director of the Craft and Ceramic Department starting in 1918. She remained at RIT until her retirement in 1952.  Backus exhibited her work extensively, and was known for her colorful and experimental glazing techniques. She was a successful ceramicist, head of the YWCA Arts and Crafts Hobby Shop, and a member of both the American Ceramic Society and New York Society of Ceramic Arts.  She was the recipient of the prestigious Lillian Fairchild Award in 1927.  She exhibited at the Syracuse Nationals from 1933-1935, 1937-1941 and 1948.  Lulu Scott Backus died in 1955 at the age of 82.

$OLD! TY! Lulu Scott Backus 4" Vase Rit/Mechanics Institute/Binns/Alfred


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