Monday, April 4, 2011

Z is for Zanesville

Pots from Zanesville Stoneware Company, 1887-2002

The city of Zanesville, Ohio, founded in 1800, became an important commercial center for craftsmen skilled in pottery making, due to its location at the junction of the Lickings and Muskingham Rivers and its incredible wealth of clay reserves. Zanesville Art Pottery was founded on 25 February 1901 by David Schmidt. Albert Radford who later founded Radford Pottery, was business manager. Zanesville Art Pottery was in business until 1920 when it was was sold to Weller Pottery, one of the largest producers of Art Pottery in the world! Potteries in Zanesville included the prominent Samuel A. Weller Pottery from 1872 to 1948, Zanesville Stoneware Company from 1887 to 2002, Roseville Pottery from 1892 to 1954, McCoy Pottery from 1910 to 1967, and Shawnee Pottery from 1937 to 1961. Early wares included utilitarian stoneware and progressed to dinnerware as well as decorative art pottery lines for vases and pots. Art Pottery - to know it is to LOVE it!

If you followed this blog from its inception you know the organizing element for each week's post is the ALPHABET...And, lo and behold, in a little over one year I have arrived at the letter Z!!! In celebration of this GRAND event, any and all who leave comments will be added to a drawing to receive a lovely little piece of pottery.....A little gift from me to thank-you!!!!!!!! Hope you have enjoyed reading my blog about simplycoolstuff as much as I have enjoyed writing it thus far. Giveaway ends Monday, 11 April, 12 AM, EST. Love to hear from you and, good luck! (Winners announced Tuesday, 12 April. Check back to provide necessary mailing information.)


Gardeningbren said...

I've really enjoyed following your A to Z and pleased it ended in ceramic, 'one of my favourite things')). Hope you continue blogging!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I think that pottery has a certain Frenchy look to you? I would be honored to be in your give-away. Getting to Z was quite an accomplishment. xo

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