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November 15, 2019

Thelma Frazier shaped true art career in ceramics

The Cleveland History Center will present an exhibition, Breaking the Mold: The Art of Thelma and Edward Winter, through through August 2, 2020.

By Evelyn Theiss

Ceramic sculpture is often considered the most technical of the arts, Thelma Frazier wrote in her classic text on the medium, The Art and Craft of Ceramic Sculpture. Yet the pieces she created, beginning in the 1920s at Cowan Pottery, convey her exuberance and delight through their design as well as her use of glaze and color.

“Thelma Frazier’s work is very joyful,” says Mark Bassett, co-author of the book Cowan Pottery and the Cleveland School. “Even later, when she was depicting saints for church murals, you can see she draws from the optimism of the Art Deco period.”


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