Sorcha Boru was the name Claire Stewart went by as a ceramist. Vases, figurines, planters, and salt & pepper shakers were some of her creations. Most of her work have the initials SBS. Claire was born in San Francisco in 1900. She made her work starting in 1932 at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. From 1940 until the mid 1950’s, she had a studio and a nearby factory in San Carlos, California. Her husband, Ellsworth, ran the factory. Her work was exhibited in many museums in the 1930’s. Claire Stewart’s work can be seen at the Everson Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Museum of History in San Carlos. She died in Stockton, California at the age of 105.
These shakers depict farm children with the girl bent over smelling a flower. These shakers stand nearly 5” tall. Sorcha Boru sets are typically found impressed with her initials on the bottom in the clay.
The children are found in a variety of different colored clothes.