Jacomena Maybeck

From the Vasefinder Museum:

Jacomena Maybeck (1901-1996) was born in Surbaya, Java, of Dutch parents. In 1908, her family moved to the United States, where they ultimately settled in Crockett, California, near San Francisco. In 1927, she graduated from the UC Berkeley with a degree in secondary education. She married Wallen Maybeck, son of Bernard Maybeck in 1927. While in Germany after World War II, Jacomena was introduced to clay. Arriving back in the US, she took her first class from Edith Heath and then later enrolled at the CCAC now CCA, where she received her M.A. (ceramics) in 1952, where she was a student of Tony Prieto. She was associated with the CCAC as an assistant and teacher from 1946-1978. From our experience with Jacomena's pots, she worked primarily in earthenware and stoneware with the use of wonderful glazes. She also created stunning sculptures, which have a folk art edge. She appears to have rarely exhibited outside of California. She exhibited heavily in the 1950's at the Pacific Coast Ceramic Exhibitions, as well as the Association of San Francisco Potter's and the California State Fair to just mention a few. She won numerous purchase prizes. We show Jacomena also exhibited in 1959 at the California College of Arts and Crafts 30 Distinguished Alumni.

Artist's Works


Item:  Altered Cabinet Vase with Crackle Glaze Design

Condition:  No post-factory damage, with just factory polishing to the foot.

Dimensions:  2.5 inches tall by 2.625 inches wide

Price:  $100.00, includes s/i in the US

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