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Ali Baba Vase

Mary Louise McLaughlin (1847-1939), The Cincinnati Pottery Club (1879-1890), Frederick Dallas Hamilton Road Pottery (1865-1882)
United States (Cincinnati)
"Ali Baba" Vase, 1880
Gift of the Women's Art Museum Association, 1881.239
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Aladdin Vase

Maria Longworth Nichols Storer (1849-1932), The Rookwood Pottery Company (1880-1967)
Aladdin Vase, 1882
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Gardner, 2002.94
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The Dueling Divas of Cincinnati Art Pottery
The "Ali Baba" Vase by Mary Louise McLaughlin and The Aladdin Vase by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer

Women in Cincinnati had a significant impact on the artistic and cultural identity of the Queen City. In the late nineteenth century, women were responsible for the beautification of their homes, and Cincinnatians did so by becoming leaders in the fields of china painting, art pottery, porcelain, woodcarving, and metalworking. Two leaders of this art movement in Cincinnati were M. Louise McLaughlin and Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, also known as the dueling divas of art pottery. Through their advancements in art pottery, they both became influential figures in the history of American ceramics.

In this lesson, students will discover the story of these two powerful and influential women and will investigate two works of art pottery from the Museum's collection. Through the study of these works, students will achieve a better understanding of the impact these women and others had on the history of Cincinnati.


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