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.
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.
Weller Pottery Marks
Weller Pottery Lines, Patterns, Ranges
Bonito by Hester Pillsbury
Popular Weller Pottery
Early decorated pieces
Bowls – lily bowl
Vases – art nouveau vase, baluster vase, cabinet vase, cylinder vase, flaring vase, ovoid vase, pillow vase, tapering cylindrical vase
Weller Pottery Value, Price Guide
Mid $ – Mid $,$$$