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My latest obsession is with Waylande Gregory. He is considered to have defined American Style. Think of an uber ceramicist before Jonathan Adler's time. Born in the early 1900's, Waylande helped shape the art decor era with his innovative ceramics. His talent was apparent at an early age when he won first prize at the Kansas State Fair. By the time he was eighteen, he was managing thirty craftsmen in the elaborate interior design of the famous Roosevelt Hotel. He went on to design at Cowen Pottery in Cleveland and became the resident artist at the Cranbrook Academy. He moved to NYC where he focused on his terra cotta sculptures.
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Waylande Gregory's later years became controversial when he met a well-to-do couple, The Farmers, who desired to financially support an art center in honor of Waylande Gregory located in Middlefield, Massachusetts. Tragically, Mr. Farmer murdered his wife before the project completed and Waylande was tarnished by the association (and years of controversy and law suits). In later years before his death in 1971, he sort of tucked himself away and out of the spotlight.
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After the discovery of an immense treasure trove of work in the basement of the Gregory Estates Philanthropic Foundation, Waylande Gregory Studios was founded by Gregory's great-grand nephew Bryan Downey and fashion entrepreneur Mickey Rosarin. His ceramics can be found at fine stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus.
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