Marblehead Pottery Marks
Marblehead Pottery, Marblehead, Massachusetts (1904-1936) was founded by Herbert J. Hall, MD. Arthur Baggs, who studied under Charles Binns while at Alfred University, served as both director and principal designer. In addition to Baggs, was Arthur Hennessey and Maude Milner (designers), Sarah Tutt (decorator), John Swallow (potter) and contributors Annie Aldrich and Rachel Grinwell. Throughout the years, Marblehead remained a small and intimate Arts and Crafts workshop and there were relatively few changes in the pottery's artistic direction. By 1915, Baggs bought the pottery from Dr. Hall and he continued to serve as its guiding force until its closure in 1936. Marblehead pottery included decorated pieces and plain matt-glazed items done in colors including, but not limited to blue, rose, yellow, brown and wistaria. Baggs and Marblehead received numerous awards over the years including medals and first prizes from The Arts & Crafts Society, Boston, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Ceramic Exhibition at Syracuse, NY. Many fine Marblehead-Baggs examples can be found in museums and private collections around the country.