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Vessels of the ACC Library Collection

Vessels of the ACC Library Collection

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Vessels of the ACC Library Collection

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Spring 2023 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Beth Goodrich
Moon Pots in brown neutral colors.

Toshiko Takaezu, Moon Pots, 8.5 inches high (large), 4.5 inches high (medium), 3.5 inches high (small). Gift to Aileen Osborn Webb as chairperson of the World Crafts Council. On extended loan from the World Crafts Council

The American Craft Council Library holds tens of thousands of volumes, nearly 600 linear feet of processed archival materials, and thousands of artist files. But did you know the library also holds an object collection? Here are a few examples of the extraordinary vessels we have on hand. Nearly all of the objects are ceramic, and most were gifts from the artists to the American Craft Museum, which subsequently donated them to the ACC. Many were displayed in the ACC offices and library while the organization was located in New York City. When the ACC made the move to Minneapolis, the objects came along and have been on display in the library ever since. Anyone who comes to visit the library in person can see these beautiful objects up close.

For more information about the ACC object collection, contact the library at [email protected].



Daniel Rhodes, Vase, 1964, earthenware, slip, wheel-thrown, altered, hand-built, 10 x 7 x 4 in. Gift of the artist, 1967. Donated to the American Craft Council by the American Craft Museum, 1990.

Jug with a face.

Mike Ball, face jug, 7 x 6 x 5.5 in. Ball made this piece in the tradition of face jug pottery made by enslaved African Americans in the 19th century. Donated by Alexander Haas to the American Craft Council.

Tall vase with double handles in shades of green and blue.

Artus Van Briggle, vase with double handles, ceramic, glaze, wheel-thrown, 13.5 x 6.75 x 4.75 in. Donated to the American Craft Council by the American Craft Museum, 1990.

About the ACC Library
The American Craft Council Library & Archives in Minneapolis contains the country’s most comprehensive archive of contemporary American craft history, with more than 20,000 print publications, files on nearly 4,000 craft artists, four major archival collections, and a robust digital collection. To explore the ACC Digital Archives, visit Sign up for librarian Beth Goodrich’s quarterly newsletter at

For more information about joining the Friends of the ACC Library & Archives, contact Judy Hawkinson, ACC’s associate executive director, at [email protected] or 651-434-3951.

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