Weston often experimented by cutting and pasting his slip cast forms
as with the three different lips on this slip-cast stoneware wine decanter, circa 1951
Andersen Studio was born in the age of plastics , a time when designers were defining a new modern and classic style that has remained influential to this day.
My parents, Weston and Brenda Andersen were contemporaries with Charles Eams , Russel Wright and Eva Zeisel, budding new young designers in the contemporary urban movement of their day. Before my parents veered off the beaten track and and moved to coastal Maine, they were located in New York City and then Akron Ohio, where Weston was the Dean of the Art School at the Akron Art Institute. There in Ohio, in a small Levitt style home, purchased with veterans benefits, the first simple and refined vases were slip cast in stoneware and thus began the Andersen studio line of American ceramic art and design that continues on to this day.
Weston quickly realized that it would not be possible to grow their business in the suburban neighborhood and after exploring several locations ,the young family headed off to the coast of Maine to design and manufacture contemporary ceramics using the hand crafted ceramic slip-casting method that Weston had learned from the illustrious Eva Zeisel in a course she taught at the Industrial design department at Pratt Institute. Their mission was to create hand-crafted products affordable to the middle class.
In the early 1950's Weston's Egg Form Vase with Lip won the Young Designers Award from Living Magazine . One of my favorite stories was told to me by the late Lois Seaman who saw my parents salt and pepper shakers in Living magazine and very much desired to own them. Much to her surprise she found them in the new gallery located in an old barn on a country road on Southport Island, right in her own backyard. Read More
The Ceramic Egg Form Vase with Lip designed by Weston Neil Andersen and
decoratedin a mid-century red figure pattern by Brenda Andersen circa 1960"