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Weller Pottery Co - Zanesville, OH 1872 - 1948
Weller Pottery was established in Fultonham, Ohio by Sam Weller in 1872 in a simple log cabin with one kiln. Weller produced functional items such as canning jars, jugs and crocks. Sometime during the 1880s, accounts differ, he moved his operations to Zanesville.
Sam Weller began experimenting with a goal of producing a more artistic decorated product. By the 1890s, he was producing baskets, umbrella stands and jardinieres.
The Louwelsa line as we know it, actually began as Lonhuda produced by the Lonhuda Pottery of Steubenville. Sam had convinced the principals to join him in Zanesville in early 1895. Lonhuda was produced for a few months before a fire consumed the plant on May 10, 1895. By October the plant was rebuilt and production resumed. At some point, possibly in 1896, Weller began producing the Lonhuda products under the name Louwelsa. The line sold in more than 500 shapes until sometime in the mid 1920s.
Art pottery production continued with a variety of artists and directors throughout the 20s, 30s and 40s. Lines such as Dickens Ware, Sicard, Hudson and others enjoyed various degrees of success. These were just a few of the many lines that Weller produced.
The depression had a negative impact on sales at Weller as it did with all companies. Likewise, WW-II and its aftermath had an even greater negative effect. The pottery finally closed in early 1948.
More in-depth detail is available in any one of the books in the Bibliography.
Weller Ardsley Water Lily Basket circa 1920s in matte green and white
Weller Coppertone Matchstick Holder circa 1920 matte green and yellow