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Ceramics of the United States by Region

Information or research assistance regarding ceramics of the United States is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following selected bibliography has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.

Regions: New England, Mid-Atlantic States, South, Midwest and Ohio Valley, Southwest, West

See also: Pennsylvania Ceramics

See also: Ceramics of the United States for general information.

New England

Barret, Richard Carter. Bennington Pottery and Porcelain. A Guide to Identification. New York: Crown Publishers, 1958.

_____. Color Guide to Bennington Pottery. New York: Crown Publishers, 1968.

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Bennington, Vermont

This circular cuspidor was made by Bennington Pottery between 1853 and 1858. It is blue and white scroddled ware, and the edge is decorated with 12 molded pectin shells. Catalog Number 76.132

_____. How to Identify Bennington Pottery. Brattleboro, VT: Stephen Greene Press, 1972.

Branin, M. Lelyn. The Early Potters and Potteries of Maine. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1978.

Hawes, Dr. Lloyd E. Dedham Pottery and the Earlier Robertson's Chelsea Potteries. Dedham, MA: Dedham Historical Society, 1968.

Osgood, Cornelius. The Jug and Related Stoneware of Bennington. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1971.

Spargo, John. The Potters and Potteries of Bennington. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, 1972.

Watkins, Lura Woodside. Early New England Potters and Their Wares. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1950. Reprint. Hamden, CT: Archon, 1968.

_____. "New Light on Boston Stoneware and Frederick Carpenter." Antiques, June 1972, pp. 1052-57.

Winton, Andrew Lincoln. Norwalk Potteries. Canaan, NH: Published for Friends of Lockwood House by Phoenix Pub., 1981.

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Mid-Atlantic States

See also: Pennsylvania Ceramics)

Oyster Plate

Greenpoint, New York

This oyster plate was made by the Union Porcelain Works around 1881. It is clam-shell shaped with four molded oyster shells surrounded by other marine animals such as scallop, mussel shells, crab, and seaweeds. It is marked with "U. P. W." printed in green, and an eagle head with "S" in its beak; also "Pat. Jan 4, 1881". Catalog Number 75.123D

Altman, Violet, and Seymour Altman. The Book of Buffalo Pottery. New York: Crown Publishers, 1969.

Barber, Edwin Atlee. Tulip Ware of the Pennsylvania-German Potters. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, 1903. Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, 1970.

Branin, M. Lelyn. The Early Makers of Handcrafted Earthenware and Stoneware in Central and Southern New Jersey. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1988.

Broderick, Warren F. and William Bouck. Pottery Works: Potteries of New York State's Capital District and Upper Hudson Region. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1995.

Clement, Arthur W. The Pottery and Porcelain of New Jersey, 1688-1900. Exhibition catalogue. Newark, NJ: Newark Museum, 1947.

Corbett, Cynthia Arps. Useful Art: Long Island Pottery. Setauket, L.I., NY: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 1985.

Curtis, Phillip H. "The Production of Tucker Porcelain, 1826-1838: A Reevaluation" in Ceramics in America. Winterthur Conference Report, 1972, edited by Ian M.G. Quimby. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1973.

Fox, Clair Gilbride. "Henry Chapman Mercer: Tilemaker, Collector, and Builder Extraordinary. Antiques, October 1973, pp. 678-85.

Franco, Barbara. "Stoneware Made by the White Family in Utica, New York." Antiques, June 1971, pp. 872-75.

Holland, Eugenia Calvert. Edwin Bennett and the Products of his Baltimore Pottery. Exhibition catalogue. Baltimore: The Maryland Historical Society, 1973.

Hood, Graham. Bonnin and Morris of Philadelphia: The First American Porcelain Factory, 1770-1772. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1972.

James, Arthur E. The Potters and Potteries of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Exton, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1978. (1945 edition published by Chester County Historical Society.)

Jayne, Horace, H.F. Tucker China, 1825-1838. Exhibition catalogue. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1957.

Kauffman, Henry J. Pennsylvania Dutch American Folk Art. New York: Dover Publications, 1964.

Ketchum, William C., Jr. Early American Potters and Potteries of New York State. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1970.

_____. Potters and Potteries of New York State, 1650-1900. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Univ Press, 1987.

Lasansky, Jeannette. Central Pennsylvania Redware Pottery 1780-1904. Lewisburg, PA: Union County Oral Traditions Project, 1979.

_____. Made of Mud: Stoneware Potteries in Central Pennsylvania, 1834-1929. Lewisburg, PA: Union County Bicentennial Commission, 1977.

Lichten, Frances. Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1963.

Macfarlane, Janet R. "Nathan Clark, Potter." Antiques, July 1951, pp. 42-44.

Myers, Susan H. Handcraft to Industry: Philadelphia Ceramics in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press and U.S. Government Printing Office, 1980.

New Jersey Pottery to 1840. Exhibition catalogue. Trenton: New Jersey State Museum, 1972.

Ott and Brewer Company Pottery and Porcelain made at Etruria Works, Trenton, New Jersey, 1871-1892. Exhibition Catalogue. Trenton: New Jersey State Museum Cultural Center, 1971.

The Pottery and Porcelain of New Jersey, 1688-1900. Exhibition catalogue. Newark, NJ: Newark Museum Association, 1947.

Remensnyder, John P. "The Potter of Poughkeepsie." Antiques, July 1966, pp. 90-95.

Schaltenbrand, Phillip. Old Pots, Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the Greensboro-New Geneva Region. Hanover, PA: Everybodys Press, 1977.

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Edgefield, South Carolina

This wheel-thrown, alkaline-glazed stoneware bowl was made around 1845 by Thomas Chandler (1810-1854). The tulip design was applied to the interior base in iron slip and loop and swag pattern along the interior rim. It is stamped "Trapp and Chandler" on the interior base. Catalog Number 1996.0344.04

Baldwin, Cinda K. Great and Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina. Columbia, SC: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, 1993.

Bivins, John, Jr. The Moravian Potters in North Carolina. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1972.

Bridges, Daisy Wade. Potters of the Catawba Valley. (Journal of Studies, Ceramic Circle of Charlotte.) Charlotte, NC: Mint Museum, 1980.

Burrison, John A. "Alkaline-Glazed Stoneware: A Deep South Pottery Tradition." Southern Folklore Quarterly, vol. 39 (December 1975), pp. 377-403.

Comstock, H. E. The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley. Winston-Salem, NC: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts; Chapel Hill: Distributed for the MESDA by the University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

Counts, Charles. Common Clay. Anderson, SC: Droke House Hallux, 1972.

Crawford, Jean. Jugtown Pottery. Winston-Salem, NC: Blair, 1964.

Greer, Georgeanna H., and Harding Black. The Meyer Family: Master Potters of Texas. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1971.

Horne, Catherine Wilson, ed.. Crossroads of Clay: The Southern Alkaline-glazed Stoneware Tradition. Columbia, SC: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, 1990.

Koverman, Jill Beute, ed. I Made this Jar...: The Life and Works of the Enslaved African-American Potter, Dave. Columbia, SC: McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, 1998.

Lock, Robert C. The Traditional Potters of Seagrove, North Carolina: And Surrounding Areas from the 1800's to the Present. Greensboro NC: Antiques & Collectibles Press, 1994.

Newbound, Betty and Bill Newbound. Encyclopedia of Blue Ridge Dinnerware. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1994.

_____. Southern Potteries Incorporated Blue Ridge Dinnerware. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1989.

Noel Hume, Ivor. Here Lies Virginia: An Archaeologist's View of Colonial Life and History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

Rice, Alvin H., and John Baer Stoudt. The Shenandoah Pottery. Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1929.

Rinzler, Ralph, and Robert Sayers. The Meaders Family, North Georgia Potters. Smithsonian Folklife Studies Number 1, 1980. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1980.

Scarborough, Quincy J. North Carolina Decorated Stoneware: The Webster School of Folk Potters. Fayetteville, NC: Scarborough Press, 1986.

Sweezy, Nancy. Raised in Clay: The Southern Pottery Tradition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

Watkins, C. Malcolm, and Ivor Noel Hume. "The 'Poor Potter' of Yorktown." U.S. National Museum Bulletin 249. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1967.

Willett, E. Henry, and Joey Brackner. The Traditional Pottery of Alabama: Essays by E. Henry Willett and Joey Brackner. Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, 1983.

Wiltshire, William E., III. Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1975.

Zug, Charles G., III. The Traditional Pottery of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

_____.Turners & Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.

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Midwest and Ohio Valley

Aupperle, Eldon R. A Collector's Guide for Currier & Ives Dinnerware: Manufactured by Royal China Company, Sebring, Ohio 44672. Toulon, IL (29470 Saxon Road, Toulon 61483): E.R. Aupperle, 1996.

Berkow, Nancy Pratt. Fiesta Ware. Des Moines: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1978.

Blair, C. Dean. The Potters and Potteries of Summit County 1828-1915. Akron, OH: The Summit County Historical Society, 1965.

Bougie, Stanley J., and David A. Newkirk. Red Wing Dinnerware. Monticello, MN: Newkirk, 1980.

Darling, Sharon S. Chicago Ceramics & Glass: an Illustrated History from 1871 to 1933. Chicago: Chicago Historical Society; distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Dommel, Darlene Hurst. Collector's Encyclopedia of the Dakota Potteries: Identification & Values. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1996.

Gates, William C., Jr. and Dana E. Ormerod. "The East Liverpool, Ohio, Pottery District: Identification of Manufacturers and Marks." Journal of the Society for Historical Archaeology, vol. 16, nos. 1 & 2 (1982).

Gick-Burke, Barbara Loveless. Collector's guide to Hull Pottery: The Dinnerware Lines: Identification and Values. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1993.

Horney, Wayne B. Pottery of the Galena Area. East Dubuque, IL: Wayne B. Horney, 1965.

Hough, Walter. "An Early West Virginia Pottery." Annual Report. Washington, DC: U.S. National Museum, 1899.

Lehner, Lois. Ohio Pottery and Glass: Marks and Manufacturers. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1978.

Peck, Herbert. The Book of Rookwood Pottery. New York: Crown Publishers, 1968.

Purviance, Louise; Evan Purviance, and Norris F. Schneider. Zanesville Art Pottery In Color. Leon, IA: Mid-America Book, 1968.

Rader, John R., Sr. Warwick China: The Company Built by People. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 2000.

Reed, Alan B. Collector's Encyclopedia of Pickard China: With Additional Sections on All Chicago China. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1995.

Reiss, Ray. Red Wing Dinnerware: Price and Identification Guide. Chicago: Property Publishing, 1997.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. Fiesta: the Homer Laughlin China Company's Colorful Dinnerware. Rev. & expanded 3rd ed. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 2000.

Stradling, J.G. "East Liverpool, Ohio: An American Pottery Town." Antiques, June 1982, pp. 1366-73.

Viel, Lyndon C. The Clay Giants: The Stoneware of Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1977.

_____ The Clay Giants: The Stoneware of Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, Book 2. Des Moines, IA: Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1980.

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Chapman, Kenneth M. Pottery of San Ildefonso Pueblo. New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press, 1970.

Cosgrove, Harriet S. and C.B. Cosgrove. Swarts Ruin: A Typical Mimbres Site in Southwestern New Mexico. New York: Kraus Reprint, 1932.

Harlow, Francis Harvey. Historic Pueblo Indian Pottery: Painted Jars and Bowls of the Period 1600-1900. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1967.

Marriott, Alice Lee. Maria, The Potter of San Ildefonso. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1948. (Reprint, 1967).

Peterson, Susan. The Living Tradition of Maria Martinez. New York: Kodansha International, 1977. Distributed by Harper & Row.

White, John Kennardh. Pottery Techniques of Native North America: An Introduction to Traditional Techniques. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.

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Carlton, Carol and Jim Carlton. Collector's Encyclopedia of Colorado Pottery: Identification and Values. Paducah, KY: Collector Books,1994.

Chipman, Jack. Collectors Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery: Identification & Values. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1998.

_____. Collector's Encyclopedia of California Pottery. 2nd ed. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1999.

Hollywood Ware

Santa Monica, California

These four pieces of pottery are examples of commercial ware called "Hollywood Ware" made by California Art Products in the 1940s. Catalog Numbers 383,366; 383,368; 383,369

Chipman, Jack and Judy Stangler. The Complete Collectors Guide to Bauer Pottery. Culver City, CA, California Spectrum, 1982.

Hayes, Barbara Jean. Bauer, the California Pottery Rainbow. Venice, CA: Salem Witch Antiques, 1979.

Praetzellis, Mary, Betty Rivers, Jeanette K. Schulz. Ceramic Marks from Old Sacramento. Sacramento, CA (P.O. Box 2390, Sacramento 95811): State of California, Resources Agency, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Resource Protection Division, Cultural Resource Management Unit, 1983.

Schmeer, Blaine A. Pottery on the Willamette: A History of the Oregon Pottery Company, 1866-1896. Canby, OR: Halcyon Publications, 1987.

Schneider, Mike. California Potteries: The Complete Book. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 1995.

Snyder, Jeffrey B. Beautiful Bauer: A Pictorial Study with Prices. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub., 2000.

Tuchman, Mitch. Bauer, Classic American Pottery. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1995.

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