Edwin and Mary Scheier

Husband and wife duo Edwin and Mary Scheier enjoyed a prolific and prodigious career that spanned nearly six decades. Their lifelong collaboration began in the late 1930s when they worked for the federal Works Progress Administration. Not long after, the two married and then spent a year as traveling puppeteers before obtaining the opportunity to study ceramics at the Tennessee Valley Authority Ceramic Laboratory. The rest, as they say, is history; the couple fell in love with pottery, Mary becoming incredibly adept at throwing pots, and Edwin at glazing and decoration.

In 1940 they relocated to Durham, New Hampshire at the behest of architect David R. Campbell to work at the University of New Hampshire, where Edwin taught and Mary was artist-in-residence. They settled in and stayed for nearly thirty years, garnering a dedicated following of students and clients, and periodically taking trips to Oaxaca, Mexico to soak up the ancient culture and design. Edwin and Mary moved to Oaxaca full-time in the late 1960s where they lived and worked for nearly ten years before making their final move to Green Valley, Arizona. While in Oaxaca, Edwin branched out into weavings and sculpture, working in indigenous guanacaste wood and designing tapestries that were then woven by local craftspeople.

The Scheiers developed a distinctive style that, though it evolved over time, is immediately recognizable. Common themes ranged from biblical to pre-Columbian to abstract, drawing from their many travels and exposure to different cultures and styles. Mary’s thin-walled, elegantly shaped vessels illustrate her mastery of the wheel and her admiration for Japanese and Chinese ceramic traditions, while Edwin’s abstract designs display a nuanced understanding of fine art balanced with a playfulness reflecting his sense of humor. Their individual strengths combined into a dynamic synergism of form and decoration. The couple continued to work and create even into the last decade of their lives. In fact, when Edwin was forced to give up throwing pots due to his health, he acquired a computer and began making computer drawings using similar themes to those of his pots.

Through their tireless dedication to their craft, this impressive duo left behind an indelible imprint on the development and history of American ceramics. Their work can be found in the permanent collections of many important institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine tall early vase | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine tall early vase

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $8,750
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine large early vessel | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine large early vessel

estimate: $7,000–10,000
result: $8,125
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine large early ovoid vessel | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine large early ovoid vessel

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $5,625
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine large coupe | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine large coupe

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,313
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine large early vessel | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine large early vessel

estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $5,313
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Tall chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Tall chalice form

estimate: $1,800–2,400
result: $4,375
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large chalice form

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $3,750
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Charger | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Charger

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,250
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Tall chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Tall chalice form

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,072
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Charger | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Charger

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,000
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Fine large lidded coupe | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Fine large lidded coupe

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $2,750
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large footed bowl | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large footed bowl

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,750
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large bowl | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large bowl

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,750
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large chalice form

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,500
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large early charger | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large early charger

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $2,375
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, charger | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

charger

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,375
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, vessel with heads | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

vessel with heads

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,304
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Weaving of a nude figure | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Weaving of a nude figure

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large vessel | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large vessel

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,250
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Large chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Large chalice form

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,125
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Early and Large bowl | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Early and Large bowl

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,000
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Early vessel | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Early vessel

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Tall early vase | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Tall early vase

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,000
EDWIN AND MARY SCHEIER, Early chalice form | ragoarts.com

Edwin and Mary Scheier

Early chalice form

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,875