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Rose Cabat

Biography to Display: 

1914Born

2015Died

EDUCATION

Greenwich House, New York, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Munitions plant during WWII

1940-2015Studio potter

 

Rose Cabat worked in earthenware, stoneware and, finally, porcelain beginning in the 1950s. Although best known for her expressive "feelies", small forms usually between two to eight inches in height with thin neck openings challenging their assumed vessel function. Cabat also created a series of wind-bells in the 1950s and other forms based on insects and animals.

Cabot, a self taught artist, first encountered clay as an artistic medium in 1940 when her husband, Erni, brought it home from work. Her first works were coil built, then, as electric wheels became increasingly available, she started throwing pottery. After a glaze calculation class at the University of Hawaii in 1956 she and Erni began developing the lustrous satin glazes used on her signature form; the “feelie.” 

 

An interview with Rose Cabat by Lisa Bunker done for the Perspectives of the Past Oral History Project is at the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. A recording and transcript is available at: 
http://azmemory.azlibrary.gov/cdm/ref/collection
/pimacent/id/57

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Kansas

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

National Museum of American History, Washington, DC

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Block, Bruce. “A Visit with Rose Cabat.” Journal of the American Art Pottery Association. 20, no.4 (2004).

Kaplos, Janet and Bruce Metcalf. Makers: A History of American Studio Craft. Salem, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Rago, David and John Sollo. Collecting Modern: A Guide to Midcentury Studio Furniture and Ceramics. Salt Lake City, Utah: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.

Regan, Margaret. “Ninety and Nimble.” Tucson Weekly (October 7, 2004

Wolf, Peter. “Hooked on a Feelie.” Modernism (Spring 2005).

 

 

Typical Marks
ca 1960
Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 617, December 2, 2018
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 617, December 2, 2018
Feelies
Date: 1950-1990
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Vase with Faces
Date: ca 1960
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
E. John Bullard Collection
E. John Bullard Collection
Feelie-Vase
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Matt Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelies
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Collection of Leon Hecht and Robert Pincus-Witten
Vase with Brown Matt and Crystalline Glazes
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Crystalline Glaze, Glaze
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions
Courtesy Treadway Toomey Auctions
Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 618, December 2, 2018
Courtesy Toomey & Co, Lot 618, December 2, 2018
Weed Pot
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 86.6.14
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 86.6.14
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Small Feelie-Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Scripps College Collection, 2016.9.2
Photo: TMP
Scripps College Collection, 2016.9.2
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified September 10, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/cabat