PEOPLE

 

        Marblehead Pottery was always a small operation, never employing more than 6 people at one time. 

         In 1916 Hall wrote in Handicrafts for the Handicapped that “two of its principal workers to-day had their apprenticeship as patients twelve years ago” but does not tell us which of his workers he was referring to.   Since all of the patients who were cared for during the first few years of his program were women it is possible that Sarah Tutt, Maude Milner, Annie Aldrich or  Rachel Grinnell were Hall’s former patients.  It is most likely that Maude Milner and Annie Aldrich were the former patients.


Herbert Hall, MD - founder of Handicraft Shops and owner of Marblehead until 1915 sale to Arthur Baggs


Arthur E. Baggs - Directed the pottery from 1905 until closing in 1936


Mr. E. J. Lewis - the kiln man reported in Dr Hall’s 1909 Keramic Studio article.   He attended “to all firing and stacking.”


John Swallow - (1856-1920) an English potter was responsible for throwing the pieces.   He was active in the United States from his arrival in the US until his death in 1920. 


Miss Maude Milner - a designer mentioned in 1909 Keramic Studio article


Arthur Hennessey - designer of Marblehead decoration


Miss Annie E. Aldrich- (1857-1937) contributed occasional “clever designs” though not a formal employee.   The design of a piece in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago has been attributed to her.   She was a member of the Boston Art Club.


Rachel Grinnell - contributed designs, not part of regular staff.  Her name was written as Grinwell in Hall’s later text.


Jessie Luther - the first employed weaver at the Handcraft Workshop.  She had worked at the Hull House Labor Museum in Chicago under the direction of Jane Adams.  Studied at RISD and in Paris.  Initially she taught weaving, woodcarving, basket weaving, pottery and metalwork.  She established glaze colors that Baggs was hired to perfect in her absence.  


Mrs Edward D. (Sarah) Tutt - (1859-1947) the principal decorator of Marblehead pottery. 


Mrs John Swallow - “sometimes assists” with detail work during rush times.


John Selmer-Larson - reported by Gail Hercher to be a designer of Marblehead pottery


Benjamin Tutt - reported by Hercher to work on lathe trimming of pottery and packed mail order shipments.  He reportedly was the brother of Hannah Lucy Tutt.  He was said to have owned a piece of pottery (or one similar to it) in the Art Institute of Chicago collection.


Everett Sanborn - a Marblehead resident described in Gail Hercher’s article as having worked at Marblehead Pottery beginning in 1921.   He mixed and prepared clay, pressed and poured tiles and bookends.   He also made kiln furniture and generally helped out.


Hannah Tutt - the sister-in-law of  Sarah Tutt.  She may have done some book keeping for the pottery.