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This fairly scarce Dutch vessel by revered ceramist Willem Coenraad Brouwer of the Netherlands is miniature in size, standing a mere 2.5" high by 3" in diameter. It is a finely executed cup form vessel made from red clay. Best of all, it is glazed in a very handsome rutile and stormy glaze in green tones, with glaze thinning here and there allowing the red clay to peek through. This vase is very well marked, partially covered in glaze, but legible enough to idenify this pot signed Brouwer and numbered '045'. This vessel is in original studio condition, no apologies. More about Brouwer's history below:

Willem Coenraad Brouwer (1877-1933) was a Dutch ceramist and sculptor, a son of Nicolaas Brouwer, head of a primary school in Leiden, and Antonia Coert. He was educated at the Teekenschool in his hometown of Leiden and trained at the drawing school of W.J. Lampe in Leiden.

Trained as an art teacher, he began his career with bookbinder A.J. Loebèr in Leiden. There he learned the art of woodcut. Brouwer and Loebèr experimented with new forms of crafts – including woodworking, copper work and working with clay – with ethnographic influences. From 1898, Brouwer worked for two years at Goedewaagen in Gouda, where he learned the turning trade and experimented with taber's earth and lead ore glazes. In his designs he experimented with opposing surfaces and lines. Brouwer strove for simplicity and considered unity between object and decoration to be the most important.

In 1901, Brouwer rented 'Vredelust', 2 Bruggestraat, Leiderdorp, with a borrowed starting capital. After building a workspace and an oven, the pottery could begin here. Soon there were eleven draftsmen, important for the sgraffito work, and two turners. There was great interest in Brouwer's work. He regularly exhibited abroad and received prizes and awards. Others copied his work.

After expansion, the company was given the name NV Fabriek van Brouwers Aardewerk. Brouwer designed the turntable. When the object was good in his eyes, it was given a model number, and serial production followed. This kept his work affordable.
Experimenting with small plastics started in 1906. Brouwer was commissioned to make lions to decorate a building. He developed a terracotta product that was frost and weather resistant. Immediately after this came the order to make a more than two meters high eagle as the crowning of the facade for the Peace Palace. This with the stipulation that this plastic had to be left outside for a winter before installation to test the weather resistance. The construction ceramic works of Willem C. Brouwer can be found at more than 150 locations in the Netherlands.

Willem Coenraad Brouwer Dutch Ceramist/Sculptor Cup Vase in Green Rutile Glazes

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