Corinne Marie Chalaron
Newcomb College Newcomb Ceramicist
(New Orleans, 1900 - 1977, Texas)
Corinne Chalaron was born in New Orleans on November 1, 1900. She worked as an Art Craftsman at the Pottery enterprise between 1922 and 1924. Chalaron’s design aesthetic is easily recognizable. Her nature patterns incorporated tiers unfolding like a lotus, inspired by the 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Leaving for one year, she came back to Newcomb in the 1925–26 academic session. When Mary Sheerer returned from Paris in 1925, Chalaron embraced the new Art Deco style, utilizing geometric forms to create abstractions that gave her work a unique, syncopated rhythm. The influence of the “modern” may have precipitated her enrollment—while still working at the Pottery—in the Tulane University School of Architecture. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1926. After graduation, she taught at the state college in Denton, Texas.