Arthur Ray (A. R.) Cole (born 1892 - died 1974) operated his first pottery shop in 1926 in Steeds, North Carolina (near Seagrove), but in 1934 opened Rainbow Pottery in Sanford, NC to be on the main North-South highway at the time, US 1. In 1941, he began operating as A. R. Cole Pottery of Sanford. The Cole family is among the most prominent in North Carolina pottery history and among the pioneers of the North Carolina art pottery movement. A. R. Cole was the son of the potter Ruffin Cole and the nephew of potters Wrenn Cole and the well-known J. B. Cole. Following A. R. Cole's death in 1974, the pottery continued to operate under the control of his daughters Neolia and Celia, who were already established as highly skilled potters in their father's pottery at that time. The Daison Ware line of pottery was produced by A. R. Cole in the 1930's to 1940 period, under contract for sale in various department stores in Washington, D.C. and, I believe, in the New York area as well.
This is the single most outstanding pitcher that I've encountered from the A. R. Cole Pottery. It is a perfect marriage of glaze and form to give the North Carolina clay the illusion of being a hammered metallic object. The glaze is a beautiful glossy blend of greens and browns that give the appearance of a copper patina, while the thumbprint-generated dimples
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