The World’s Largest Hand-Thrown Vase: Haeger Pottery Collection  

The World’s Largest Hand-Thrown Vase: Haeger Pottery Collection

Blog | February 3, 2017
Haeger Pottery

In 1976, Haeger Potteries set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hand-thrown vase. It stood more than eight feet tall and weighed over 650 pounds. Now, this colossal vase will be sold at auction as part of the Haeger Potteries Collection, February 24, 2017.

After 145 years of providing innovative ceramic products and becoming the best-selling artware company in America, Haeger Potteries and the Haeger Pottery Museum officially closed their doors in 2016.

But the company’s legacy is rich with historic moments. Their initial success came from manufacturing bricks that would rebuild the city after the great Chicago fire. During the 1934 Chicago’s World Fair, Haeger Potteries constructed a state-of-the-art pottery factory where they demonstrated both ancient and modern pottery techniques. They employed some of pottery’s best known designers of the 20th century, including Royal Hickman, Eric Olsen, Sebastiano Maglio and Harding Black. All the while, they retained family ownership and kept products American made.

Haeger Potteries
The Haeger exhibit at the 1934 World’s Fair in Chicago. Haeger’s exhibit was actually a state-of-the-art pottery factory with 40 employees and an average daily production capacity of 3,000 pieces.

The 1976 title of world’s largest hand-thrown vase is just one feather in the cap of a company that was whole-heartedly devoted to the art and technological advancement of its craft.

Since the inception of the Guinness Book of World Records, humans have been fascinated with feats and accomplishments that push the boundaries of what we believe is possible, and the art world is no exception. In celebration of this, we’ve compiled an abbreviated list of these achievements attained by those who go beyond the possible to celebrate art and its impact on the world.

MOST POTS THROWN IN ONE HOUR BY AN INDIVIDUAL

Haeger Potteries
Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

In March of 2016, Joel Cherrico threw 159 pots in one hour after over 10,000 hours of practice developing his skills.

HIGHEST CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY

Guiness World Records
Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

The highest contemporary art gallery is The Nautilus, resting over 14,100 feet above sea level at the base camp of Plaza de Mulas in Argentina.

LARGEST ART COMPETITION

Guiness World Records
Photo courtesy of Guiness World Records

The largest art competition took place in India in December of 2011 and included 4,850,271 entrants across various mediums.

LARGEST SPRAY PAINT MURAL BY A TEAM

Haeger Potteries
Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

At 51 feet in height and stretching 560 feet in width, the largest spray paint mural by a team was completed in 2016 to celebrate the Olympic games in Rio de Jainero.

LARGEST CROCHET BLANKET

Haeger Potteries
Photo courtesy of Guinness World Records

The largest crochet blanket was completed in 2016 by Mother India’s Crochet Queens, measuring 120,001 square feet. Afterward, the blanket was taken apart and the individual squares were donated to those in need through NGO charities.

For those who want to retain a piece of record breaking history, or just be a part of a legacy that’s lasted over 145 years, the online catalogue for the Haeger Potteries Collection can be viewed here. The auction will be held on February 24 in Chicago.

Preview information:

Tuesday, February 21 | 10am – 7pm
Wednesday, February 22 | 10am – 5pm
Thursday, February 23 | 10am – 5pm

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