Dramatic, Vintage Eric Norstad Studio Pottery Lamp Description and Item Information Up for sale is this huge, modernist studio art pottery lamp by the well-known potter, Eric Norstad. Please excuse the glare in the photos. The pottery has abstract decoration in brown and tan glazes. The pottery portion measures approximately 15 5/8 inches tall, with a maximum diameter of about 10 1/4 inches.
This lamp base could also be displayed as a sculptural vessel, since the lamp parts are not currently affixed to the pottery (it would not hold water like a vase though, as there is a side cord hole and a larger hole beneath). Re-affixing the lamp hardware to the pottery would be simple; it would require affixing the threaded steel bars to the threaded brass shaft, pushing the cord through the side hole, and connecting the quick-connect plug to the end of the cord. If assembled as a lamp using the parts that are included, the lamp would stand about 22 inches tall to the top of the socket (the finial and adjustable harp add extra, variable height). Unpacked, this piece weighs 18 pounds 15.2 ounces.
This would be a fine addition to a collection of American studio ceramics, or it would nicely accentuate a mid-century modern decor. Per the Vasefinder online museum, Norstad was a student of Victoria Avakian Ross at the University of Oregon. He produced functional pottery at his Corte Madera, California studio. He exhibited at the Nationals during the 1950s and 1960s. Per Wikipedia, Norstad started making stoneware pottery while he was an aspiring architect.
His earliest pieces were functional kitchen items. In 1960, he began working as an architect in Tiburon, California. Norstad continued producing pottery as a side venture. He was commissioned by his architectural firm and others to produce large scale pieces, including planters, fireplace fronts, and murals.
In 1962, he left the firm to open his own pottery studio. In 1975, production moved to a large studio in Sausalito.Norstad stated his influences to be Peter Voulkos, Bernard Leach, his artist parents, and 1930s through 1950s Scandinavian design. More interesting information can be found on Wikipedia. Condition The pottery looks great overall, with no cracks. There is very minor glaze wear to two 1/4 inch long areas where the brass cap rubbed against the sharp edge of the interior, about 1/2 inch below the top rim; this does not detract. There is minor roughness flaking to the unglazed basal edge.
Variations in glazing are as made. The brass lamp hardware has tarnishing and minor wear, as found. The brass cap has very minor edge bending. As with all used electrical items, this should be inspected or rewired by a professional before use. Payments must be received within three days of the end of the listing, unless prior arrangements have been made.
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Individual computers may display colors differently. The item "MONUMENTAL MODERNIST VINTAGE STUDIO POTTERY LAMP VASE ERIC NORSTAD LISTED ARTIST" is in sale since Saturday, July 29, 2017. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Studio/ Handcrafted Pottery". The seller is "craigkc" and is located in Sunny California. This item can be shipped to United States.