Vally Wieselthier

Valerie (Vally) Wieselthier was a potter and ceramic sculptor particularly well known for her humorous sculptures and Art Deco surface designs. Having studied at the Wienerkunstgewerbeschule from 1914 to 1920 under the likes of Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser, she designed work for the Wiener Werkstatte beginning in 1912. Her ceramic pieces were produced by the Augarten factory and Josef Bock. The objects that she exhibited at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs in Paris helped define the playful and sophisticated mood of the Art Deco era. Wieselthier settled in America in 1928 and created designs for the Contempora Group and the Sebring Pottery Company.