The Revival Of Vintage Midcentury Pottery

by Megan Tinkler July 02, 2017

The Revival Of Vintage Midcentury Pottery

Have you noticed lately a revival of midcentury, handcrafted-style pottery home goods? From Instagram to home magazines to TV and movies, vintage pottery designs have become popular. Even big box stores like Target, West Elm, and Crate & Barrel are mimicking these vintage designs with their new collections – and some are really great! But of course, I always favor an authentic, vintage piece. So, I thought I would share a bit of history behind two well-known "pottery from the past" masters, Hull USA and McCoy Pottery.

Hull USA started making ceramics in the early 1900's in Crooksville, Ohio. By the 1940's they were known for their clean, mod dinnerware and matte-ware. Although their most famous line, some would claim (and I agree), is the high-gloss, brightly colored art wares of the 1950's. Other famous collections of theirs included the Little Red Riding Hood line, which sells today for hundreds of dollars. But don't worry, you can snag some of their midcentury art wares for much less, such as the Green Ceramic Planter in my collection.

Also originating in Ohio around the turn of the century, McCoy Pottery has a rich history and changed ownership several times until the doors finally closed in 1990. Initially concentrating on the production of utilitarian stoneware pieces for the first several years, McCoy Pottery soon changed direction and began designing and producing more art pieces. These pieces were elaborately designed jardinieres, pedestals, flower containers and vases, sand jars, and umbrella stands. During the midcentury, they operated as Nelson McCoy Pottery, and today most of the pieces found with the McCoy mark are from this time period. There are over 100 different styles that came from this time, from the ubiquitous Stonecraft pink and blue I'm familiar with from growing up, and their ovenproof stoneware, like the pale pink set in my collection. They also produced whimsical planters, vases and cookie jars in the shape of animals, flowers, and bugs, like one of my favorites in my collection – the Mint Green Spaniel. 

Pick up some "pottery from the past" with my curated collection of planters, vases, and bowls.


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