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Business School tiles on display at Pewabic Pottery
  Business School tiles on
display at Pewabic Pottery
 

Commemorative Pewabic Tiles Will Be Presented to 2004 Graduates

4/23/2004 --

Gift reflects shared values, traditions of Michigan Business School and Detroit's 100-year-old tile firm.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The discovery by Michigan Business School Dean Robert J. and Kathleen Dolan of an architectural link between their Ann Arbor home and Detroit's historic Pewabic Pottery has led to the design and production of a distinctive gift for members of the Class of 2004. Each graduate will receive a light-blue, four-inch square Pewabic tile at the April 30 commencement ceremony in Crisler Arena.

The tile with Pewabic's patented matte glaze bears an imprint of the Business School's brand mark on the front and the year, Pewabic Pottery's stamp and a special Pewabic centennial stamp on the back. Approximately 1,125 Business School tiles were pressed, fired and glazed in the Pewabic studio. The special Business School tile also will be given to visiting dignitaries and speakers as a token of appreciation.

In addition to recognizing outstanding academic achievement, the tile symbolizes a century-long friendship between the University of Michigan and Pewabic Pottery, note the Dolans, who spearheaded the commissioning of the tile.

"Kathleen and I would like to present to Business School graduates a signature gift reflecting Michigan's cultural history," Dolan said. "We hope the tile will remind alumni of the Business School, our shared values and their role as Business School ambassadors."

Pewabic Pottery Director Terese Ireland said the collectible commemorative tile project reinforces the historic linkage between the school and Pewabic. "The University of Michigan and Pewabic Pottery have a long tradition of quality, high standards and service to the community, and we hope Michigan graduates will carry forward that tradition," Ireland said.

Pewabic Pottery was founded by the late Mary Chase Perry Stratton and Horace Caulkins at the height of the Arts & Crafts movement in America. The studio gained national acclaim for its tiles, vessels, architectural ornamentation and jewelry with unusual iridescent glazes. Stratton also founded the University of Michigan's ceramics department.

Tile and other Pewabic pieces are found in public and private spaces throughout Michigan: the University of Michigan Museum of Art, churches, commercial buildings and residences, including the Dolans' home. When Kathleen Dolan, who serves on the Business School's art committee, began researching the home's architectural history, she discovered that Mary Stratton's husband, William Buck Stratton, was the architect. He also designed the Pewabic Pottery studio, a National Historic Landmark.



For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626
E-mail: mjfrank@umich.edu