This piece has been donated to the
Saint Philip the Apostle School and will
be will be available at auction on
March 24th
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.
All tiles are handmade
and are individual
works of art.  No two
are the same, each tile
hand drawn and
painted.

Each tile is signed and equipped with a
notch for hanging unless otherwise
noted
Sarah Gutierrez Sassafras Pottery
Beautiful Pottery inspired by the Arts
and Crafts Movement.  The attention
to detail is evident in each piece that
she creates.
The handmade ceramics of the Paul Revere Pottery, often enlivened with stylized
images of animals, flowers or abstract patterns, are best known today by the name
of the girls' club whose members created the wares: the Saturday Evening Girls
(SEG). Local reformers organized this club in 1899 to provide cultural activities for
young Italian and Jewish immigrant girls of Boston's North End. Under the
guidance of designer and illustrator Edith Brown, and as a way of helping with
difficult family finances, the group soon turned to crafts. Before long, SEG
ceramics had caught on, and were being sold through department stores in cities
throughout the Eastern United States; though their success was largely curtailed
by World War I, the pottery continued to operate until 1942. Today, SEG ware is
highly collectible.
Sassafrass Pottery, Pottery created in
the spirit of the Saturday Evening
Girls.  Hand crafted, unique designs,
all designed, hand thrown and
decorated by Sarah Gutierrez.