University Museum at UNH
Features Scheier Exhibition
Contact: Lori Gula
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 3, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. – The University Museum at the University of
New Hampshire will highlight the accomplishments and works of Ed
and Mary Scheier, two former UNH faculty members who rose to the
top of the American studio pottery movement and whose works are
coveted by collectors worldwide.
“Learning from the Masters: The Legacy of Ed and Mary Scheier”
exhibition runs Sept. 5 to Dec. 19, 2003, at The University Museum
in UNH’s Dimond Library. It will feature a portion of the
university's collection of Scheier pots, as well as works by their
former students and artists influenced by them.
On Oct. 4, Ken Browne, executive producer of “Four Hands,
One Heart: Ed and Mary Scheier,” will join the University
Museum for a special program that will feature selected out-takes
from his film. Exeter potter Kit Cornell will demonstrate Scheier
techniques. The program begins at 3 p.m., and will be followed with
a reception. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the UNH Library,
and is free and open to the public.
The Scheiers came to UNH in 1940 with dual appointments: Ed Scheier
as ceramics and pottery instructor and Mary Scheier as an artist-in-residence.
The move benefited two decades of students, enriched the local arts
community and launched their own careers as internationally renowned
The story of Ed and Mary Scheier is a seven-decade love story, beginning
with a chance meeting as Works Progress Administration artists in
the rural South during the Depression, to their first experiments
with pottery at the Tennessee Valley Authority Ceramic Laboratory
and their first pottery studio, Hillcrock Pottery, in Glade Spring,
Virginia, which led to winning a national ceramic prize.
During their employment at UNH the Scheier's visited Mexico several
times and became interested in both the archaeological artifacts
they saw and the weavings done by the Zapotec Indians, for whom
Ed began to create designs for weaving. Working at their craft and
teaching UNH students, the Scheiers set the standard in the American
studio pottery movement during the 40s, 50s, and 60s. They retired
from UNH in 1960.
The university’s collection of Scheier works includes pots
of various shapes and sizes, and large, flat blue plates. In addition
to pieces on display in the University Museum exhibit, patrons can
view displays of Scheier works on the fourth and fifth floors of
The Scheiers' work has been exhibited in a number of American museums
including the Currier Gallery of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago,
the New York Museum of Modern Art, Worcester Art Museum, Walker
Art Center, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Boston Museum of
Fine Arts and the Addison Gallery.