Thelma Frazier was a sculptor, painter, and enameller, who worked early
in her career at Cowan Pottery and collaborated with her husband Edward
Winter on many art projects. She wrote a book entitled The Art and Craft of Ceramic Sculpture (pub 1973).
she was probably associated with them earlier, Thelma officially joined
Cowan Pottery Company in 1929 upon her graduation from the Cleveland
School of Art. In 1930, her forthcoming marriage to Dr. Henry Welch was
announced (in an undated news clipping attached to a scrapbook page for
1930). This wedding either did not occur, or was short lived, since
Thelma Frazier was again listed as an entrant in the 1930 May Show
(though perhaps entered under her maiden name).
In any event, she apparently married Edward Winter in 1939, eight years after the demise of the Cowan Pottery Company.
is apparently well represented in the Cleveland Museum of Art, The
Everson Museum of Syracuse NY, and The Rocky River Public Library Cowan
Pottery Collection, Ohio.
Submitted February 2004 by Michael Hickman, pottery collector. His sources are:
The Collectors Encyclopedia of Cowan Pottery, by Saloff
Art Potter of the United States, by Evans
A Century of Ceramics in the United States, by Clark and Hughto
Art Deco and Modernist Ceramics, by McCready
The History of American Ceramics, by Levin