★ David Gil and Bennington Potters
Wednesday, April 18th, 6:30pm – Free
In this engaging and informative lecture, Vintage Inspired Marketplace vendor Tom Jiamachello discusses the extraordinary work of Vermont potter David Gil and his celebrated studio, Bennington Potters.
Prior to changing the name to Bennington Potters around 1960, David Gil’s company was known as Cooperative Design. There, he and other Alfred University trained graduates fashioned all sorts of interesting Mid-Century items. Having trained at Alfred University, Gil came to Bennington in 1948. His designs are included in many Mid-Century exhibits and catalogues.
His early designs have not yet been completely documented, so rarities are still out there to be found. There is a large group of people who are interested in David Gil’s designs. (For more information, please click here.)
David Gil was featured in the publication Vermont Life in its Winter 1961 issue. In an eight page spread with one full color image and 13 black and white images, there is a full history of the founding of the pottery along with great visual references of the ware being made at that time. One can see the iconic designs of Yusuke Aida, especially the double trigger mug and coffeepot along with other fascinating items. A great reference!
Bennington Potters is among the few American studio potteries that turned into production potteries in the midcentury. It evolved into a co-operative of different art potters. After 1960, they made their bread and butter by making gorgeous modern styled dinnerware that was distributed throughout the US and sold in fine department stores. In their 1964 catalogue, Gil described their creations as “Art Objects in the Practical Realm” – Museum Honored, Hand-Crafted, Modestly Priced”
Tom will present many hard-to-find designs he’s collected in the last ten years. Come see the whimsy and brilliance of the late David Gil (1923? -2002)
When: Wed Apr 18th 6:30pm
Registration: To sign up for this class, please email mary[at]vintageinspired[dot]net for more info.