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    Posted 5 months ago

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    The Woodland Blue pottery items in these photos indicate almost all pieces produced for this line.

    The A.E. Hull Pottery Company began operating in the huge white clay basin of Ohio in 1905. The company, located in Crooksville, started with four kilns, heated with natural gas. Though it initially produced stoneware and stoneware specialties, the company soon branched out and became an important producer of high quality ceramics.

    By the 1920s, Hull had general offices and factories in Crooksville, a warehouse in Jersey City, NJ, New York offices and a showroom on Fifth Avenue. Despite challenges posed by overseas producers and the Great Depression, the company grew, purchased and absorbed other potteries, and prospered. In the forties, decorative vases and baskets — their “Art Ware” line —led Hull into its most fabulous decade.

    The first catastrophe to befall the company was the flood of June, 1950. During a four hour downpour the Jonathan & Moxahala Creeks jumped their beds and flooded Crooksville Village with seven feet of water. The hot pottery kilns of Hull exploded and set the plant on fire, destroying it. Those that were there said hundreds of moulds could be seen floating in the creek. 350 were out of work.

    Though many important moulds were lost forever, the company recovered to create sophisticated kitchenware and art designs throughout the fifties, sixties, seventies .... Yet, there were management, production, and environmental challenges, as well. The stability of the company was greatly compromised by numerous employee strikes. In August 1985, amid a multitude of problems, including the eighth strike, the most devastating being those with the EPA, the grand old pottery closed.

    Sources: “Hull Pottery“ by Brenda Roberts; and
    “The Companion Guide to Hull Pottery,” Roberts.

    The items photographed for this post, which highlight the Woodland Blue line, are of Hull’s pre-fire “Art Ware” ... and post-fire replacement lines, to which High Gloss Woodland Blue belongs. These items are from my collection.

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    1. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 5 months ago
      Thank you for your kind comments, Broochman. I do collect Hull banks, as well; photographing that cabinet array will come later .... later. One of the greats of Collectors Weekly is it is compelling me to do some documentation. There is an annual Hull Pottery Association Show ... a meeting of Hull collectors in Crooksville, Ohio, which avid Hullites never miss. I have yet to attend. This year it is in April.
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Hull pottery is beautiful, to say the least. My cousin has the vase on your bottom shelf, the big one, second from the left. ( or one very close) It sat on her mantle for 63 years until she moved...I remember it as a pretty. Your collection is massive, how long did it take to acquire and “rehome” all these lovely pieces of art? Your collections never cease to amaze me Leanne!
    3. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 4 months ago
      Thanks for the love and comments, Eileen. I have been collecting Hull for over a decade. It is still very much a US quest. Most of my pieces I purchased while on vacation in Florida or Montana. Not really much Hull up here, even now.
    4. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 4 months ago
      Thanks for the Loves:

      Time Traveller

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