Russel Wright: Pottery That Changed Design Forever

Russel Wright: Pottery That Changed Design Forever

Nick Siemaska
Jun 20, 2011

During this past weekend, I was introduced to a collection of vintage pottery created by the iconic American designer, Russel Wright. The owner of this particular collection appropriately described the set as being 'organic' in look and function, and it's these organic qualities that makes Wright's work timelessly attractive.

Russel Wright was a mid-century designer that revolutionized American households with his mass-produced home goods, which famously include his dinnerware and furniture collections. Wright was one of the first designers ever to brand himself by attaching his name to his work, now a standard practice for today's brand-savvy designers (think Martha Stewart, Jonathan Adler, etc. etc.). But few designers since Wright have received as much of his popular success or have influenced, so dramatically, the way people think about home design.

This particular pottery set was a ubiquitous feature in American kitchens in the 1950's, and to this date, continue to be popular. The designs are readily available trough vintage retailers and stores that acquire licensing to reproduce Russel Wright's work, like over at Bauer Pottery. Consider these pieces of pottery the next time you need to buy dishware, and experience the beauty and simplicity of Wright's commercial masterpieces.

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Images: Nick Siemaska

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