Frankoma Pottery was founded in 1933, in Norman, Oklahoma, by John F. Frank and moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma in 1938. It was originally known as The Frank Potteries. They produced bakeware, cookware, dinnerware, vases and more.
Early pieces were made from light-colored, creamy beige clay from Ada known as “Ada” clay but they switched to a reddish, reddish pink clay from Sapulpa in 1956. The pieces were very functional with a Southwest style. Each piece had up to eight different artisans working on them.
John Frank died in 1973 and his daughter Joniece, took over the business. Frankoma Pottery was sold in 1991 to Richard Bernstein, who changed the name to Frankoma Industries. In 2005, it was sold again to Det and Crystal Merryman. Joe Ragosta bought the pottery in 2008. It closed down a couple of years later in 2010 with the assets being sold at a factory closeout auction in 2011.
Frankoma Pottery Marks
Firsts Kiln Sapulpa 6-7-38 – mark that was used just for one day, only 50 – 75 pieces were produced that day
Original Creation by Frankoma
Pot & Leopard
Pot & Puma
Frankoma Pottery Colors, Glazes
Frankoma Pottery Patterns, Lines
Plainsman Dinnerware Line (1948)
Southwestern Line (1942)
Westwind Dinnerware Line (1962)
Popular Frankoma Pottery
Dinnerware – cups, saucers
Figurines – bulls, cowboy boots, cucumbers, elephants, horses, pumas, snails, swans
Kitchenware – salt and pepper shakers
Mugs – democrat donkey mug, gop elephant mug, political mug
Plates – christmas plate
Frankoma Pottery Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $,$$$