This ceramic bowl was created at the Hull-House Art School during a ceramics class offered to children and adults in the 1930s.
This bowl represents work done at the Chicago settlement house Hull-House. Established in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr, Hull-House, like other settlement houses, provided social and educational services for the surrounding poor working-class and immigrant communities. Hull-House was located in the Near West Side, an area populated by new European immigrants, many of whom did not speak English. In addition to providing services and advocating on their behalf, Addams and staff believed art was instrumental to lifting people out of poverty. The Chicago Arts and Crafts Society was founded in 1897 at Hull-House and offered a range of classes to children and adults, including metalworking and pottery classes. The Hull-House Kilns created and sold dinnerware and decorative ceramics made by residents from 1927-1937. The proceeds were divided between the artist and Hull-House.