KT Dunn is a Midwest native who takes pride in the region's history and heritage. If you are a mid-century decorating enthusiast, your decor will not be complete without a few examples of American art pottery, which may include figurines, vases or planters, lamps, and decorative kitchenware. Below I have highlighted some simple examples from five different makers.
To answer my title question, the answer is … there is no company named California Pottery. Never was. Then why are there so many pieces marked California Pottery?
Identifying a mark on a piece of pottery or porcelain is often the first step in researching the value of these antique and collectible pieces. This guide provides marks found on both antique and contemporary collectible pottery and porcelain from the United States and other countries and includes dating information and a brief history relating to the companies included wherever possible. The company made utilitarian art pottery and bathroom fixtures.
There are many specialist websites that cater to interest in particular themes or aspects of ceramics history rather than focusing on particular manufacturers. A commercial site founded in to service collectors seeking blue and white transfer printed patterns. A site devoted to pottery piggybanks with much interesting information on their manufacturers.
This was further supported by the postwar building boom, especially in states like California. The demand for decorative and functional pottery wares was high, especially from the new homes being furnished. The shared sacrifices of the war were gone and the ceramic products reflected the new optimism with free flowing styles, fun, kitsch and heart warming designs.
The Roseville Pottery was incorporated in in Roseville, Ohio, but they had been producing stoneware since when they purchased an old J. Owens Pottery factory. In they purchased the Midland Pottery, and began producing large amounts of artistic garden accessories.
RosevilleMcCoyHull, and Weller are some of the better known names that came from this region. Between about andOhio was home to hundreds of potteries, and most of them were located in one of two areas in east Ohio. Homer Laughlin introduced white ware to the local companies inand it soon became as popular as the yellow ware. The area around the towns of Roseville, Zanesvilleand Crooksville was the other Ohio pottery hotspot.
This pottery vessel was made in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 20th century by Grueby Pottery. The short answer is lots and lots of experience! But how does one go about obtaining that experience?
Pottery identification has facets — clay color, glaze, shape and decoration are a few — but if you're lucky, the potter or pottery marked the item. Marks are incised or cut into the wet clay, impressed with a tool into the wet clay or stamped with a machine and ink on dry clay. Marks may also be created in the mold — and these are the most permanent.