Although Waylande Gregory—Art Deco innovator and one of the most influential ceramics artists of the early twentieth century—passed away in 1971, his company, Waylande Gregory Studios, is experiencing a resurgence in creativity and popularity. Now under the direction of Gregory’s great-great-nephew, Brian Downey, the company is turning out ooh-inspiring bowls, vases, platters, and more, made with Gregory’s revolutionary glazing and processing techniques. We’re fired up over of the animal and safari-style designs, which, with their unusual range of colors and metallic glazes, add depth, shine, and a shot of global flair to a room.
One of the most lauded ceramic sculptors of the past century, Waylande Gregory helped shaped the Art Deco period in the United States. He is best known for his development of methods that allowed for the creation of massive ceramic sculptures, such as his famed Light Dispelling Darkness and The Fountain of the Atom. He also pioneered original glazing and processing methods, mixing all glazes from scratch, and received a patent for a technique of fusing glass to ceramics, which is still used today. His housewares have been sold in Tiffany’s, Sloane’s, Asprey’s London, Hammacher Schlemmer, and Neiman Marcus.