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How Popular Pottery Brands Began

Aug 26, 2008
Hull Pottery produced desirable, high-quality pieces for almost eighty years, despite many obstacles. Originally creating lines of stoneware, the company eventually expanded to include kitchenware, pots and tiles. As the economy fluctuated, tiles became the focus of Hull Pottery. Later, as the years progressed, the original plant was replaced by more modern equipment, forcing the company to make major changes.

Addis E. Hull started Hull Pottery in 1907. Prior to that, he was owner of The Acme Pottery Company, a semi-porcelain business. During Hull Pottery's first couple of years, stoneware was the primary focus. As the amount of pottery fans began to grow, the company started offering other items, and by 1920, an entire stoneware collection was available.

Bennington Potters established its roots in the mid-1960s. During this time, the aftermath of the Great Depression had finally subsided and pottery had fully regained its popularity. The company became a well-know supplier of stoneware products and gained recognition across the state, country, and eventually, the world.

At the centre of Bennington Potters was David Gil, who worked with ceramics prior to starting the company. He moved the business from its original location in a barn to a converted home, where Bennington pieces continue to be produced. There was a great deal of clay available in the area, as well as waterpower, making Bennington, Vermont the ideal location for a pottery business.

Although Roseville pottery has not been produced for over fifty years, its pieces are still highly sought-after by collectors. Known for its three-dimensional patterns, Roseville was one of the few companies able to make enough of an impact to pull through the Depression. There are many common patterns still in existence, while rare pieces are being purchased and sold for impressive amounts.

Roseville pottery was started by J.F. Weaver in 1890 and named for its location, Roseville, Ohio. Initially, the company produced useful items, such as flower pots and umbrella stands. The company's first line, Rozane, was issued in 1900. By the turn of the twentieth century, Roseville pottery had expanded significantly; the company operated four plants, after purchasing Midland Pottery and the Clark Stoneware Company.

Frankoma was started by John Frank, who began working as a pottery teacher at the University of Oklahoma in the early 1970s. He began his own pottery studio after discovering that the area was abundant in clay. As his hobby grew, he made the decision to leave his teaching job in pursuit of a career in the pottery industry, initially using a butter churn and jars to prepare the clay and glazes. Unbeknownst to Frank, his beloved pastime would eventually develop into a lucrative business.
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