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.

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. Peabody Essex Museum of Art.

Mara Superior, "A Tea Party", 1985.
Mara Superior, "A Tea Party", 1985.
Mara Superior, "A Tea House", 1988.
Mara Superior, "A Tea House", 1988.
Mara Superior, "A Dream House Teapot", 1992
Mara Superior, "A Dream House Teapot", 1992.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/ Arbor Vitae", 1993.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/ Arbor Vitae", 1993.
Mara Superior, "Afternoon Tea", 1996.
Mara Superior, "Afternoon Tea", 1996.
Mara Superior, "Italia Ti Amo Teapot", 2006.
Mara Superior, "Italia Ti Amo Teapot", 2006.
Mara Superior, "Mates for Life (A Swan's Wedding Day)", 2008.
Mara Superior, "Mates for Life (A Swan's Wedding Day)", 2008.
Mara Superior, "Spring/Tree of Life", 2015.
Mara Superior, "Spring/Tree of Life", 2015.
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Mara Superior, "A Tea Party", 1985.
Mara Superior, "A Tea Party", 1985.
Mara Superior, "A Tea House", 1988.
Mara Superior, "A Tea House", 1988.
Mara Superior, "A Dream House Teapot", 1992
Mara Superior, "A Dream House Teapot", 1992.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/ Arbor Vitae", 1993.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/ Arbor Vitae", 1993.
Mara Superior, "Afternoon Tea", 1996.
Mara Superior, "Afternoon Tea", 1996.
Mara Superior, "Italia Ti Amo Teapot", 2006.
Mara Superior, "Italia Ti Amo Teapot", 2006.
Mara Superior, "Mates for Life (A Swan's Wedding Day)", 2008.
Mara Superior, "Mates for Life (A Swan's Wedding Day)", 2008.
Mara Superior, "Spring/Tree of Life", 2015.
Mara Superior, "Spring/Tree of Life", 2015.
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Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989, detail.
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989.
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989, detail.
Mara Superior, "Amphora", 1990.
Mara Superior, "Amphora", 1990, detail.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/The Wild Side", 1997.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/The Wild Side", 1997.
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Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989, detail.
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989.
Mara Superior, "A Dream in the Night: Exotica", 1989, detail.
Mara Superior, "Amphora", 1990.
Mara Superior, "Amphora", 1990, detail.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993.
Mara Superior, "My Forest", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993.
Mara Superior "Heaven & Earth II", 1993, detail.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/The Wild Side", 1997.
Mara Superior, "Enchanted Wood/The Wild Side", 1997.
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Mara Superior, “A Home Comfort”, 1982, 12 x 12 x 1.5″, high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze.

 

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

Mara Superior, "A Tea Party Platter", 1987.
Mara Superior, "A Tea Party Platter", 1987, detail.
Mara Superior, "A Hare", 1990.
Mara Superior, "A Hare", 1990, detail.
Mara Superior, "Le Beaux Bete", 2002.
Mara Superior, "Le Beaux Bete", 2002, detail.
Mara Superior, "Jumbo II", 2002.
Mara Superior, "Jumbo II", 2002, detail.
Mara Superior, "Peace on Earth", 2003.
Mara Superior, "Peace on Earth", 2003, detail.
Mara Superior "Winter House Platter", 2004.
Mara Superior, "Black Swan, A Rarity", 2010.
Mara Superior, "La Vache Pot de Creme", 2016.
Mara Superior, "La Vache Pot de Creme", 2016, detail.
Mara Superior, "June Platter" 2016.
Mara Superior, "June Platter" 2016, detail.
Mara Superior, "The West Playhouse", 2017.
Mara Superior, "The West Playhouse", 2017, detail.
Mara Superior, "East Platter", 2018.
Mara Superior, "East Platter", 2018, detail.
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Mara Superior, "A Tea Party Platter", 1987.
Mara Superior, "A Tea Party Platter", 1987, detail.
Mara Superior, "A Hare", 1990.
Mara Superior, "A Hare", 1990, detail.
Mara Superior, "Le Beaux Bete", 2002.
Mara Superior, "Le Beaux Bete", 2002, detail.
Mara Superior, "Jumbo II", 2002.
Mara Superior, "Jumbo II", 2002, detail.
Mara Superior, "Peace on Earth", 2003.
Mara Superior, "Peace on Earth", 2003, detail.
Mara Superior "Winter House Platter", 2004.
Mara Superior, "Black Swan, A Rarity", 2010.
Mara Superior, "La Vache Pot de Creme", 2016.
Mara Superior, "La Vache Pot de Creme", 2016, detail.
Mara Superior, "June Platter" 2016.
Mara Superior, "June Platter" 2016, detail.
Mara Superior, "The West Playhouse", 2017.
Mara Superior, "The West Playhouse", 2017, detail.
Mara Superior, "East Platter", 2018.
Mara Superior, "East Platter", 2018, detail.
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Mara Superior, “Amour”, 2008, 12.5 x 19.5 x 3″, high-fired porcelain, ceramic oxides, underglaze, glaze, wood.

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