Sarah Gutierrez
Sassafrass Pottery
High Fired Ceramics
Hand thrown and decorated
in the spirit of the
Arts and Crafts Movement
Inspired by the Saturday Evening Girls
Available at the Gamble House Bookstore
The Saturday Evening Girls Club (SEG) was one
of many library reading groups developed in
Boston's North End by reform-minded local
philanthropists to educate and assimilate
immigrant girls and to keep them "off the streets."
The Saturday Evening group included the oldest
girls, many of whom had dropped out of school in
order to contribute to their family's income. The
Paul Revere Pottery was established to offer
these girls a healthy and safe environment to
earn their wages, surrounded by their peers. The
SEGs, as they came to call themselves,
decorated the Pottery's bowls, plates, vases, and
other forms with stylized imagery of animals,
flowers, landscapes, and other designs in earthy
tones of blue, green, yellow and brown. The
playful ceramics could be personalized with
names, initials, or moralistic mottos.

The vast majority of works in the collection were
decorated by one of the Pottery's best artists,
Sara Galner, the mother of the collection's donor.
Galner, a Jewish immigrant from Austria-Hungary,
joined the reading club as a young girl and later
worked at the Pottery until her marriage. Objects
bearing her signature span at least ten years,
including some of the earliest years of the
Pottery's production and the height of their artistic
achievement and success in the mid-1910s.
Examples of her work show the Pottery's efforts to
refine both materials and technique, as well as
Galner's own refinement and maturity as an artist.
Arts and Crafts Movement
Contemporary Pottery Masterfully
Created by Sarah Gutierrez,
Craftsman, Highly Collectible,
Sassafrass Pottery, Historic Lighting,
The Gamble House, Los Angeles
County Fair 2007, Saturday Evening
Girls
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