Monday, February 21, 2011

Watt Pottery

Apple pattern (1952), Starflower pattern (1951)

Watt Pottery was owned and operated by the W.J. Watt family of Crooksville, Ohio from 1922 - 1965. Watt bought out the Globe Stoneware Company and from the 1920's through the mid- 1930's manufactured utilitarian stoneware such as crocks, butter churns, jars and jugs. These pieces are marked with an eagle or acorn stamped in blue, with gallon measures marked within a circle. In 1935 Watt Pottery dropped its stoneware line in favor of more lightweight ovenware that could withstand high cooking temperatures. By the 1940's the company concentrated its kitchen-ware glazes of solid colors, impressed clearly below with 'MADE IN USA' and 'Oven Ware' as well as hand decorated patterns containing simple brush strokes in basic two to three color schemes. The classic patterns produced from 1949-1953 include Rio Rose (with three leaves), Pansy (with four leaves), Moonflower, Dogwood, White Daisy, and Cross-Hatch. The hand decorated patterns most collected include: Starflower (1951), Apple (three leaves, 1952), Cherry (1952), Silhouette (1953), Rooster (1955), Dutch Tulip (1956), Tear Drop/American Red Bud (five petals, 1957), Morning Glory (1958), Autumn Foliage (1959), Double Apple (1959), Tulip (1961). From the 1950's through the 1960's Yellow Ware was produced as advertising sales promotional bowls, creamers and pitchers. Watt pieces are well marked and large, often covering the entire bottom, with deeply impressed concentric rings, a mold number and the words 'Watt' and 'Oven Ware USA'. Watt Pottery Company has made hundreds of different items through its 43 year history, until fire destroyed the facility in 1965. Collect a piece of Made in the USA history today and feel the love at home!

A big THANK YOU to Patty Hughes for a window into her collection. Just lovely!

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