Ohio River Pottery: Shadows by John Gilkes for Taylor, Smith & Taylor

The ink was barely dry on his master's thesis when John Gilkes accepted the position of Lead Designer for the Taylor, Smith Taylor Pottery. Gilkes, under the tutelage of Arthur E. Baggs, the renown potter and professor of ceramics at…

Restaurant Ware: Warwick China Company, Wheeling, West Virginia

The top of plate is equally fascinating . . . this platter produced by Warwick China has double black lines. Not the classic double green line that I admire.

Ohio River Pottery: Russel Wright for Steubenville Pottery, American Modern

The dinnerware designed by Russel Wright is included in the rather broad [and vague] category, Mid Century Modern. ┬áRussel Wright designed the new line of American Modern Dinnerware in the 1930s. His designs were, in part, a reaction to the…

The Gift: The Story of The Homer Laughlin Plate

Almost, thirty years ago, a package arrived postmarked from the Homer Laughlin Company, Newell, West Virginia quite unexpectedly. A few days before, we were at the International Housewares Exhibition in Chicago. It was a┬ábig deal, a really big deal. Now,…