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Watt Pottery History

The Watt Pottery Company was owned and operated by W.J Watt and his family. They opened their doors in 1922 in Crooksville, Ohio after buying out the Globe Stoneware Company and naming it the Watt Pottery Company. Watt Pottery had a successful run of over 40 years when a devastating fire struck in 1965 and ended production.

The Watt Pottery Co. made many different types of stoneware utilitarian items for use in the home and on the farm. During the 1920's to the 1930's they produced stoneware crocks, jugs, milk pans, preserve jars, mixing bowls, and butter churns among others.

Some of the first marks that are found on Watt Stoneware crocks, jugs and butterchurns include a cobalt heart with the gallonage size stamped within the heart, and they also used a cobalt blue acorn stamp with the gallonage stamped within the acorn.

In the mid 1930's America's needs were changing, the Watt Pottery Company stepped up and adapted to the change coming out with their new line of kitchen ware . They were an instant success with their oven ware that could withstand very high cooking temperatures. It was at this time that Watt Pottery for the most part stopped producing heavy stoneware items such as crocks, and butter churns. There were now making creamers, pitchers, lidded casseroles, spaghetti bowls, cookie jars, bean pots, pie plates, dinnerware sets, mixing bowls, and several other items for around the kitchen through the 1940's. In the 1950's they started the decorated line of Watt Pottery along with the EVE-N-BAKE, GOLD-N-BAKE and the popular Kitch-N-Queen line.

The following is a rough time line of some, but certainly not all of the different hand-painted patterns and when they were first produced.
Starflower -1951
Apple -1952
Cherry -1952
Silhouette -1953
Rooster -1955
Dutch Tulip -1956
American Red Bud (Tear Drop) -1957
Morning Glory -1958
Autumn Foliage -1959
Double Apple -1959
Tulip -1961

During these years many merchants purchased Watt Pottery items as sales promotions having their company name on them. They made yellow ware advertising bowls, creamers, advertising pitchers, spaghetti bowls, etc. many with the hand-painted Apple and Starflower designs. This was a very popular form of advertising up into the 1950' and 1960's and was a very competitive market between the Watt Pottery Co., the Red Wing Stoneware Co. , and the Western Stoneware Co. among other midwest potteries.

The Watt Pottery Co. also made many lines of pottery for other companies such as "Heirloom", "Ravarin & Freschi", "Esmond", "PeeDeeCo" and several others.

Over the years Watt had made hundreds of different items and managed to be a thriving business from the 1920's up untilĀ  1965 when fire destroyed the plant.

Today Watt Pottery is highly collectible and rare or one of a kind pieces can fetch thousands of dollars yet common pieces can be bought for asĀ  little as twenty bucks, making it affordable for almost anyone to collect.

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