RACINE ART MUSEUM

About the Collection

The Racine Art Museum has the largest craft collection in the United States. Over the last 10 years RAM’s holdings have almost quadrupled, from 2,200 to over 9,500 pieces. Over half of these pieces represent the museum’s focus on contemporary crafts from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, polymer, and wood. These include works by Dale Chihuly, Joel Philip Myers, Wendell Castle, Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lia Cook, Peter Voulkos, Albert Paley, Toshiko Takaezu, Arline Fisch, and several hundred more.

RAM’s collection of ceramics, which focuses on mid- to late- 20th-century American clay, is the most comprehensive segment of its permanent collection. It is particularly remarkable, not only because of the range of artists and styles it represents, but also because the collection contains multiple pieces from key figures in the ceramics world.

Thirty pieces of Mara Superior’s were acquired by the Racine Art Museum in 2018, as part of a major gift by the Kohler Foundation. The pieces were selected for their correlation with the Museum’s identity as holding the largest collection of contemproary craft, representing a profile of Superior’s career.

The Racine Art Museum is located in Racine, WI.

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Artworks in the Collection

A Home Comfort

Mara Superior, “A Home Comfort”, 1982, 12 x 12 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

A Tea Party

Mara Superior, “A Tea Party”, 1985, 17 x 22.5 x 4″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

A Tea Party Platter

Mara Superior, “A Tea Party Platter”, 1987, 12.5 x 15.75 x .75″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

A Tea House

Mara Superior, “A Tea House”, 1988, 23 x 21 x 8.5″, porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood, gold leaf.

A Dream in the Night: Exotica

Mara Superior, “A Dream in the Night: Exotica”, 1989, 21.5 x 8.25 x 5.5″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Amphora

Mara Superior, “Amphora”, 1990, 12.5 x 22 x 4″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

A Hare

Mara Superior, “A Hare”, 1990, 18 x 12 x 1″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

A Dream House Teapot

Mara Superior, “A Dream House Teapot”, 1992, 6 x 13 x 7.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Arbor Vitae/Enchanted Wood

Mara Superior, “Arbor Vitae/Enchanted Wood”, 1993, 11 x 20 x 9″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

My Forest

Mara Superior, “My Forest”, 1993, 15.5 x 12 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Heaven & Earth II

Mara Superior “Heaven & Earth II”, 1993, 18 x 16 x 6.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, white gold leaf, wood, bone, ink, brass pins.

Afternoon Tea

Mara Superior, “Afternoon Tea”, 1996, 14 x 19 x 6.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Enchanted Wood/ The Wild Side

Mara Superior, “Enchanted Wood/The Wild Side”, 1997. 10 x 22 x 4.5″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Le Beaux Bete

Mara Superior, “Le Beaux Bete”, 2002, 16 x 16 x 2″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Jumbo

Mara Superior, “Jumbo II”, 2002, 16 x 16 x 2″, high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Il Forno

Mara Superior, “Il Forno”, 2003, 16 x 16 x 2″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Peace on Earth

Mara Superior, “Peace on Earth”, 2003, 13 x 19 x 2″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Pair of Cows: Dorabella & Pot De Creme

Mara Superior, “Pair of Cows: Dorabella & Pot De Cream”, 2003, 8 x 10 x 4″ (each),
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Winter House Platter

Mara Superior “Winter House Platter”, 2004, 14 x 18 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Italia Ti Amo Teapot

Mara Superior, “Italia Ti Amo Teapot”, 2006, 19 x 8 x 12″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood, gold leaf, bone, brass pins.

Love Birds Sailing

Mara Superior, “Love Birds Sailing”, 2004, 9.5 x 20 x 2″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Mates for Life (A Swan's Wedding Day)

Mara Superior, “Mates for Life (A Swan’s Wedding Day)”, 2008, 23 x 16 x 10″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood, gold leaf, bone, ink.

Amour

Mara Superior, “Amour”, 2008, 12.5 x 19.5 x 3″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood.

Pearls Collaborative Cabinet

Roy & Mara Superior, “Pearls Collaborative Cabinet”, 2008, 84 x 33 x 16″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood, gold leaf,
bone, ink, egg tempera, brass pins, mother of pearl, shells.

Black Swan Platter, A Rarity

Mara Superior, “Black Swan Platter, A Rarity”, 2010, 16 x 16 x 2″,
high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

Spring/ Tree of Life

Mara Superior, “Spring/Tree of Life”, 2015, 11 x 14 x 4″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, gold leaf.

La Vache Pot de Creme

Mara Superior, “La Vache Pot de Creme”, 2016, 16.5 x 16.5 x 3″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

June Platter

Mara Superior, “June Platter” 2016, 12.5 x 16.5 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

The West Playhouse

Mara Superior, “The West Playhouse”, 2017, 11.5 x 16.5 x 1″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

East Platter

Mara Superior, “East Platter”, 2018, 12.25 x 15.75 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain,
ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, gold luster.