) and read the name Frankoma, which was scratched into the clay...John Nathaniel Frank, who moved to Oklahoma after attending the Art Institute of Chicago, founded the company in 1938.
Early wares were made from a light cream-colored clay from Ada, Oklahoma, but in 1956 the company switched to a red burning clay from Sapulpa.The pottery operated under various owners for a few years and was bought by Joe Ragosta in 2008. The buildings, assets, name, and molds were sold at auction in 2011. ff3=4&toolid=10044&campid=5336649018&customid=frankoma-pottery&lgeo=1&mpre= What is red, gold, green, white, blue, black, yellow, lavender, turquoise and brown and can take thousands of shapes?It helped that they placed a large billboard along Route 66, hoping to entice buyers to their Frankoma pottery and showroom.Van Briggle Pottery has the distinction of being one of the oldest companies still producing American art pottery to this day.He started by mixing the tan-colored clay from Ada, Oklahoma with a butter churn.
Noting the color of the clay can help approximate the date of a Frankoma piece because after 1954, the company began using red clay from Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Earlier this summer, I spent a weekend in the beautiful Huerfano Valley in southeastern Colorado.
When our hostess passed out coffee mugs in the morning, I was struck by how perfectly the mug seemed to mimic the natural surrounding.
Although their loss was great, they built a new plant, and began producing dinnerware which would become the backbone of their business.
The Franks' daughter Donna, always credited her mother Grace for having the business sense to realize that open stock dinnerware would be an ongoing source of business rather than a one time purchase.
He was then hired by the University of Oklahoma to establish the Ceramic Art Department.