Paul Speck (1896 – 1966) was born in Switzerland and trained in Munich as a painter and ceramicist. In the early 1920’s, he taught sculpture at the Badischen Landeskunstschule and ceramics at the state majolica factory in Karlsruhe. There, he developed Bauhaus-style household pieces (teapots, tea caddies, bread boxes, egg cups, and the like) with square or rectangular forms, handpainted repeating designs — often with cross-hatched patterns — and crackle glazes, similar to the pieces seen here. In the early in 1930’s he returned to Switzerland where he lived for the remainder of his life. As a sculptor, Speck worked in plaster, granite, and bronze and is perhaps best known for his 1941 death mask of James Joyce, a bronze cast of which is at the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University. A gallery of selected works may be viewed at http://www.pinterest.com/thatobject/paul-speck/.
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