Teco Pottery was founded as the American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company in 1881, near Chicago, in Terra Cotta, Illinois, by William Day Gates. The name teco comes from the “te” in terra and “co” in cotta. By 1911, they produced over 500 designs in all kinds of shapes, colors and glazes.
Teco Pottery itself, started in 1899, with a line of art pottery in a matte green glaze, which accounts for over 90% of the pottery made.
In 1918, Teco bought the Indianapolis Terra Cotta Company and opened a branch a year later in Minneapolis. Production continued until 1922 until the branch closed down in 1929 due to problems brought on by the Great Depression. A. Berry, Jr., Gates attorney, bought the company in 1930 and resumed production of Terra cotta until 1941. After World War II, they continued to make clay products until 1966. In 1972, Teco closed down for good after a merger.
Teco Pottery Marks
Teco – the letter T is long and vertical, to the left of eco
Teco Pottery Patterns
Popular Teco Pottery
Terra Cotta – bricks, chimney tops, drain tiles, urns
Teco Pottery Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $,$$$