Once a young boy fascinated by sculpting animals from mud pies, the Kansas-born Waylande Gregory went on to become one of the most important American sculptors of the 20th century, with pieces collected by the Met, the Whitney and the Smithsonian. His advanced techniques and patented methods in glazing and glass sculpting revolutionized ceramics and helped define the Art Deco era. Yet, if it hadn’t been for Gregory’s great-nephew Bryan Downey rediscovering his work in the basement of Gregory’s philanthropic foundation, his legacy might have slipped into obscurity. Now, with the debut collection of authentic re-editions of his vivid glazed home décor pieces—inspired by nature and modern abstract motifs—his art continues to leave an indelible mark.
An iconic American sculptor who defined 20th century ceramics with his revolutionary techniques.