Weller Pottery


Weller pottery was founded in 1872 in Fultonham, Ohio by Samuel A. Weller. He moved his facilities to Zanesville, Ohio in 1882. He started off producing utilitarian stoneware such as milk pans and sewer tile and then moved on to producing high quality hand-decorated art pottery around 1893. By 1915, Weller pottery was the world’s largest art pottery.

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Weller purchased the Lonhuda Pottery (Lonhuda Faience Co.) in 1894. He learned their decorative glazing techniques and continued to produce Lonhuda under the Louwelsa name, after Long left in 1895. Some of the artists developing Weller’s art pottery lines included Charles Babcock Upjohn, the new art director, Frederick H. Rhead, John Lessell, Sarah Timberlake, Jacques Sicard and Gazo Fudji.

After World War I, Weller focused on commercial wares and many prestige lines were discontinued. Rudolph Lorber joined the staff soon after and introduced lines such as Forest, Roma and Knifewood.

By the 1920’s, demand for expensive hand-decorated wares was starting to decline and by the 1930’s were discontinued.

The Hudson line was introduced in the early 1920’s, then the Coppertone, and Graystone Garden lines were added in the 1930’s. Art pottery enjoyed a brief revival but hard times were ahead.

The pottery closed in 1948, mainly because of the Great Depression and cheap Japanese imports after World War II.

The best places to buy Weller Pottery online is Just Art Pottery Store at Amazon.com, Tias.com or eBay.

Weller Pottery Marks
LOUWELSA WELLER
Weller
WELLER
Weller Pottery

Weller Pottery Lines, Patterns, Ranges
Aurelian
Bonito by Hester Pillsbury
Coppertone
Dickens Ware
Eocean
Forest
Graystone Garden
Hudson
Knifewood
Louwelsa
Roma
Sicardo

Popular Weller Pottery
Early decorated pieces
Bowls – lily bowl
Pitchers
Vases – art nouveau vase, baluster vase, cabinet vase, cylinder vase, flaring vase, ovoid vase, pillow vase, tapering cylindrical vase
Wall Hangings

Weller Pottery Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $,$$$


9 Comments

  1. Karen February 8, 2017

    I have a beautiful vase made out of clay by weller 1872 I have no idea where I can take it to seek value or who might be interested in this fine piece of art if any one is interested pleas feel free to contact me it is in beautiful shape coxkarens51@outlook.com

  2. Barbara Ceply January 10, 2017

    I have a flower pot marked on bottom Dickens ware Weller.It also has 3 numbers of letters with one above or below these markings. It is brown and golden with water lilies, one open, 3 buds. Measures 10 in across and 9 in high. I believe was a wedding gift to my aunt which would be in the 30″s. Could you have more information and value of piece. Thank you

  3. Beth Huberty August 31, 2016

    I have four Weller woodcraft three fox mugs. They are in very good shape. I believe they are from the 1920’s. Could you please let me know they approximate worth.Thank you

  4. Lucille Jäger January 29, 2016

    I Have a 14″ high weller vase with two side handles , with a large round bottom, narrowing in the middle and flaring out at the top. Light pink with two darker pink ” bas-relief” dogwood flowers with pale green leaves . The bottom marking is Weller in cursive with two small vertical lines crossed by a horizontal line .. Would like to know the date it was made plus it’s value

  5. Jim miller July 14, 2015

    Hello I have a weller malvern small vase. It has the weller bottle kiln Mark. It also has initials. They are L P and a period. The L is raised slightly and the bottom of the L is touching the P.
    Any idea of the artist/decorator?
    Thanks, Jim

  6. Diana Steenburg May 17, 2015

    I have a Weller Eocean pppy vase,, 12″. It has no formed top, i.e., no lip. I can’t find out if this is very early, rare, or what it is or it’s value. Where can I find info on this: Would appreciate help.

  7. linda andrus July 20, 2014

    I have a rare weller majolica on fish dolphin jardinier & pedestal. I would like to know the year it was made & the present value.

  8. Jerry July 8, 2014

    We have a vase with WELLER in caps stamped on the bottom. On the outside of the base rim Allsbury is noted —perhaps done by the potter? Is it possible that the piece is Weller pottery—we have a photo of a living room from the early 1940’s which shows it. Thanks for any help which you can provide.

  9. frances pruett April 17, 2013

    I HAVE A GREEN PITCHER AND GREEN VASE – WELLER POTTERY SINCE 1872
    INDICATED ON BOTTOM. THEY EACH HAVE A WHITE ROSE OR MAGNOLIA ON FRONT. WERE PURCHASED IN THE SOUTH BY MY DECEASED MOTHER-IN-LAW IN THE 40’S. pLEASE ADVISE APPROXIMATE WORTH. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.

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