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Meeting Highlights & Program


July 2016


Arlene shared a delightful program about Stangl pottery. The table was spread with a wide variety of dinner plates from the dinnerware lines designed by Kay Hackett. Arlene provided an extensively researched history of the company, which dates back to 1814! Club members were fascinated by the 200-year rollercoaster history of the pottery. It was founded by Samuel Hill in 1814 in Flemington, New Jersey, and was known as Hill Pottery, producing drain pipes, jars, and crocks and using the local red earthenware clay.

Abraham Fulper acquired Hill Pottery in the 1860s and renamed it Fulper Pottery. He expanded production to include an assortment of earthenware, stoneware, tile products, and a forerunner to the water cooler. Fulper added an art pottery line around 1900 and found immediate success, including a design award at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The Vasekraft line of art pottery vases, bowls, and lamps was introduced in 1909.

In 1910, Johann Martin Stangl joined Fulper to develop new shapes and glazes. A vice president by 1924, he introduced America's first open stock, solid-color dinnerware and developed a new market that proved quite lucrative. The demand for ceramic dinnerware increased through the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1940s, Stangl introduced hard-carved, hand-painted dinnerware to Fulper Pottery; it was eventually available in over 3,000 department, gift, and jewelry stores across America.

Kay Hackett joined Fulper Pottery in the 1940s and in the course of her career she designed 40 production dinnerware patterns and more than 100 novelty and artware items. Her early designs meshed perfectly with the rage for Early American decorating in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1955, Fulper Pottery was reincorporated as the Stangl Pottery Company. Kay continued do design until she left Stangl in 1965. Arlene's program included examples of many of Kay's dinnerware designs, including Fruit, Garden Flower, Antique Gold, Magnolia, Amber Glo, Carnival, Blueberry, and Thistle. Arlene also included a vase from the Stangl Antique Gold artware line, design by Kay Hackett. Stangl Pottery closed down in 1978.




Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.




Heisey crystal Orchid etched 5 " 3-footed Empress dolphin-footed bowl, circa 1940-1957


Tiffin Copen Blue cylinder vase with sand-carved Lily of the Valley


Morgantown White and Ebony 1411, 1412, & 1413 mushroom covered boxes


US Glass clear Superior Diamond Point cake stand, circa 1891


Clear cake stand, possibly Bryce or Bryce Higbee, possibly Star & Sheaf or Fan & Stars, likely made between 1889 and 1907


Stangl Art Pottery #3628 Reffer's Hummingbird


Indiana Glass green Old English Threading candleholders, made in 1928 and 1929


Libbey cut glass bud vase with peacock


Northwood Ice Blue Carnival Heart and Flowers ruffled bowl


Steuben Cluthra vase, circa 1920


Consolidated Catalonian fan vases; on the left is a ruby-stained example and on the right is one in Reuben Blue


Seneca Accent Red martini pitcher


Consolidated white wash 700 line candleholders