Sadie Irvine

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Sadie Irvine
Born Sarah Agnes Estelle Irvine
July 21, 1887
New Orleans, LA, USA
Died September 4, 1970
Nationality American

Sarah Agnes Estelle (Sadie) Irvine (July 21, 1887 - September 4, 1970) was an American artist and educator. Her work is associated with the Newcomb College pottery school, where she studied and taught until her retirement in 1952.[1]


Irvine was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Agnes Estelle and Robert William Irvine on July 21, 1887. She attended McDonough High School (later Sophie Wright High School) and subsequently studied at Newcomb College from 1903 to 1906.[2] From 1908 to 1929, Irvine was listed as an Art Craftsman of Newcomb College, and from 1929 until her retirement in 1952, she taught a wide breadth of classes there as well.[3]


blue and white glazed vase.

Irvine is best known for her pottery decoration featuring local Louisiana flora, as exemplified by a low relief moss and oak tree decorated vase currently held by the Alexandria Museum of Art.[1] She won numerous prizes for her work such as the Holley Medal traveling scholarship (1908) and the Ellsworth Woodsworth prize for pottery, as well as accolades at exhibits such as those of the New Orleans Art Association and the Delgado Museum of Art.[2]

In addition to decorating ceramics, Irvine also worked in embroidery, watercolor, drawing and design, bookplates, and blockprints.[4]


  1. ^ a b Spinozzi, Adrienne (2009). "From the Iconic to the Intimate: Understanding the Work of Newcomb Pottery's Sadie Irvine". American Ceramic Circle Journal. American Ceramic Circle. XV: 121–144. 
  2. ^ a b Ormond, Suzanne; Irvine, Mary (1976). Louisiana's Art Nouveau: The Crafts of the Newcomb Style. Gretna, LA, USA: Pelican Publishing Company. pp. 157–158. 
  3. ^ "Sarah Agnes Estelle Irvine (1887-1970)". Retrieved 14 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Main Spanola, Sally; Poesch, Jessie (1984). Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women: 1895-1940. East Exton, PA, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. p. 100.