A graduate of the Cleveland School of Art in 1928, Paul Bogatay sought to elevate the status of ceramic sculpture which, at the time, was held in lower regard than works of stone or bronze. From 1929 to 1930 he worked for Cowan Pottery in Ohio, where he designed production vases and sculptures, as well as unique works in stoneware such as the present lot. This striking vase is hand-decorated in low relief with a propeller airplane motif, a fitting subject given that the first National Air Races and Aeronautical Exposition were held in Cleveland in 1929. Cleveland was the epicenter of the aeronautics world that year, with Charles Lindbergh visiting and the dirigible Graf Zeppelin making a stop there on its US tour.