Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WHITE CLAY potteries were in Arkansas and Texas primarily

TEXAS produced pottery in the 1950's that was Art Deco in appearance. Some of it is stamped with ALAMO POTTERIES stamp, but much of it is marked only with numbers. These are STRAIGHT numbers on the WHITE clay, and they help identify Alamo Pottery. GILMER POTTERIES also produced white clay pottery at the same time, and in much the same style, with an Art Deco appeal.

CAMARK POTTERY of CAMDEN, ARKANSAS was making art pottery with hand painting and often flower designs during the Mid-Century Modern Era, (1950s) too. They used WHITE CLAY to make florist pottery as well as figurines. NILOAK POTTERY was also making white clay pottery figurines and florist ware in ARKANSAS. Some of these pots and figurines are marked, and some are not. Some have numbers to give some help in identification, but even if they do not have numbers, the WHITE clay is of great help in determining the company that made it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

There are lots of other lesser-known potteries who used yellow clay from Ohio and who were located in Ohio. These include ROBINSON-RANSBOTTOM of Roseville, Ohio, often confused with Roseville Pottery. The ZANESVILLE potters used yellow clay, too.

Probably the BEST KNOWN of all of the yellow-clay potteries is MCCOY pottery, and they had a large quantity of production ware for many years. These are the pieces that were mass produced, and did not require much hand work. MUCH McCoy was marked, but there are MANY pieces that were unmarked, and can be identified, if you know HOW.

So, if the pottery is YELLOW CLAY as determined by looking on the DRY FOOT or in an area where there is no glaze, think OHIO and OHIO potteries for identification.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Identifying American Pottery by CLAY COLOR

Identifying American pottery by clay color has been one of the best tips I have ever been able to share with others interested in pottery identification. Most of the clay colors are related to the REGION of PRODUCTION. The most obvious one is OHIO. Ohio produced a yellow clay in abundance, and it was used by numerous pottery companies in that area. Some of the companies moved there just to utilize the clay, but Ohio was a center of DINNERWARE production long before pottery.

Ohio potteries include ROSEVILLE and WELLER, both well-known and operating from the turn of the Twentieth Century until mid-century. If you look at the BOTTOM of the ROSEVILLE or WELLER POTTERY, you will be able to see the DRY FOOT (the area where there is no glaze) and see that they are a yellow pottery. Many of these pieces are MARKED on the bottom, so there is no doubt. BUT, the difference in the GREAT FINDS for YOU is to know the pieces that are UNMARKED. This is HOW to learn to identify those splendid old pots that are unmarked.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Identifying Glass and American Pottery

If you have vintage American glass or pottery that you cannot identify, you are welcome to let us take a guess. After years of working with glass and pottery identification, we might be able to help.

You've come to the right place if you want to have someone take a look at a piece of pottery or glass for you!