This vase was designed by Fritz Albert and made by Gates Potteries in Crystal Lake, Illinois as part of their Teco line of art pottery around 1905.
This green art pottery vase features the flowing lines and soft green shade of Teco ware, which gained popularity as part of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Beginning in England in the late 20th century, the Arts and Crafts Movement emphasized craftsmanship advocating a revival of traditional crafts to create Objects that were both beautiful and practical. Gates Potteries, established by William Day Gates in 1885, was one of the many small shops that sprung up around Chicago at the time. The Teco line of terra cotta pottery, was developed in the 1890s and was produced into the 1920s, appealing to middle class consumers for its functional and economical value. In designing this vase for the Teco line Fritz Albert joined well known designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and William LeBaron Jenney who also contributed designs for products.