Tobacco jar
On View In:
Gallery 320
Artist:   Florence Willets
Minneapolis Handicraft Guild  
Title:   Tobacco jar  
Date:   c. 1915  
Medium:   Glazed ceramic  
Dimensions:   3 5/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/2 in. (9.21 x 3.49 x 1.27 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Florence E. Willets  
Location:   Gallery 320  

This matte blue jar with its molded decoration of stylized leaves has the Handicraft Guild's symbol incised on the bottom. Florence Willets, the artist, gave it to The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1916. An accomplished ceramist, Willets served as the secretary-treasurer of the Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis for most of its existence. Her work was featured in the 1906 issue of The Bellman, a weekly literary magazine published in Minneapolis.

Name:   Willets, Florence  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, active 1905–1956  
Name:   Minneapolis Handicraft Guild  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Life Dates:   Minneapolis, 1904-18  

Object Description  
Classification:   Ceramics  
Physical Description:   Grey-blue, dull finish, incised conventional design  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , Minnesota, Minneapolis  
Accession #:   16.720a,b  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts