Sunday, October 21, 2012

"There is no season when

such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."   ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
I love fall...I love the colors...this is the field across the street...I am into color...not just one plain color but the blends, the muted, the layers.  I was rearranging the shop easy task, but I realized that Gonder Pottery reflects the layered colors in their glazes like the fall colors.  Many potteries had the straight colored glazes, but Gonder's Pottery is recognizable for its mottled appearance.
Years ago I had written about Gonder, but the fall layers bring me back to this pottery again.  Lawton Gonder, the founder, began the pottery in 1941.  Lawton Gonder was born August 27, 1900, in Zanesville,  Ohio, and his parents worked for Weller.

At the early age of 13, Gonder began working for John Herold who was a family friend and ceramic authority.  He learned the ceramic trade at the Ohio Pottery Company running molds and casting handles and spouts for teapots.

On December 8, 1941, Gonder purchased the Zane Pottery Company plant from Mrs. Mabel Hall McClelland in South Zanesville.
All Gonder is marked, and I have had pieces with paper labels in addition to the incised mark.

Some of the early pieces of Gonder molds resemble RumRill designs that had been manufactured at the Florence Pottery. Since some of the RumRill pieces have been found with similar and sometimes identical, shapes, matching mold numbers, and glazes, it is possible that some RumRill was produced at the Gonder plant.  The company was only in existence for 16 years...a victim of Japanese imports where they were cheaper by the dozen...I keep telling you China is nothing new in the manufacturing world.  We have been putting each other out of business for many decades!

Since it was in production for such a limited time, it is not seen in quantity, yet its prices are reasonable (actually in this economy everything should be reasonable--actually sensible perhaps is more appropriate!).  Anyway, if you are into the layered look, this pottery may be your style.

"October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen.  It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again." ~Hal Borland



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