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A mold was used to make all five pieces. (Many of the pieces in the exhibition were made from molds.) Molds are the plaster-of-Paris negative of the original pottery forms. A liquid clay called a slip, is poured into the hollow, dry plaster mold. As the water is drawn out of the slip by the dry plaster, a thin shell of the clay form develops next to the plaster. At the correct time the remaining liquid slip is poured out leaving the shell inside the mold. Later the parts of the mold are separated revealing the desired clay form. The five vases on the top shelf were all made from the same mold but each form was decorated uniquely.

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The turquoise blue vase with tan/yellow flowers was made by James Carley in the late 1920’s. His goal to become a potter was never realized because of the depression, but his knowledge and love of pottery enabled him to amass a large collection of early American salt stoneware pieces. He donated the beautiful collection of over 200 pieces to the UND Alumni Association in 1995. The remaining four pieces are excellent examples of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorations used during the Arts and Crafts movement.