Posted 11 months ago
Link to flickr set of entire WEG pottery collection: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81337094@N00/sets/72157633182453632/.
I bought my the first martini sort of pitcher of this WEG pottery about 2000 at a local New Jersey consignment store. After that, I just found it different places: ebay, antique stores, yard sales, that sort of thing.
One seller told me he and his wife had bought their WEG pottery thing in Greenwich Village while on their honeymoon sometime in the 1950s, but couldn't remember more than that.
An antique dealer who was selling a large set (which I didn't buy) confirmed that story that there was a guy who made this in Greenwich Village and it was hard to tell if she knew what she was talking about or was just trying to get me to buy it.
I took some of it to Antiques Roadshow, and they were not impressed.
At one point this site (<a href="http://www.modern50.com/objectsart/frederic-weinberg-pottery/" rel="nofollow">www.modern50.com/objectsart/frederic-weinberg-pottery/</a>) attributed it to Frederic Weinberg (see his name in url). Currently they are selling some but don't seem to name who made it.
At some other point, over the last 10 years, someone on ebay said this was made by William Elmer Gross or someone named William Gross and his partner Elmer. I have no idea where this story is from, and I have never been able to get a seller to confirm that, they all seem to grab it from previous descriptions.
Some current ebay descriptions say "it was made in the Front Street New York Studio Pottery of Elmer Gross and his partner William," "William Elmer Gross
Mid century pottery" "CREATED FROM THE FRONT STREET NEW YORK STUDIO ART POTTERY WORKSHOP OF
ELMER GROSS AND HIS PARTNER WILLIAM - MARKED WEG"....
Can anyone tell me who made this? Did William exist? Why would Elmer be the second initial and not also have a last name initial?
What's the story with this?