Tuskegee Institute Pottery (American)
DimensionsWork : 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in. (19.05 x 19.05 x 15.24 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelFounded in 1881, the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama was the first institution of higher learning in the United States established specifically to educate African Americans. The Tuskegee Institute was led from 1881 to 1915 by Booker T. Washington, a nationally prominent Black intellectual and educator who emphasized education and entrepreneurship as the keys to Black progress in America. Tuskegee offered both academic and vocational training in a variety of fields, and many of its graduates went on to careers as teachers, craftsmen and small business owners. The Tuskegee Institute Pottery was established in 1937 by African American artist Isaac Scott Hathaway. This pitcher was probably made in the late 1940s or 50s, a period when the Tuskegee Institute Pottery was nationally known for its modernist forms and experimental glazes.