Pottery began production in 1872. Weller was
founded by Samuel Weller. In 1895, Weller pottery
purchased Lonhuda Pottery. With the addition of
Lonhuda, Weller began production of Louwelsa.
Louwelsa would become one of Weller's most popular
lines and ultimately included over 500 different
shapes of vases and bowls.
In 1895, Charles Upjohn joined Weller pottery
as art director. Upjohn's most recognized line
is Dickens Ware. Upjohn ultimately left Weller
Pottery in 1904. In 1902 Weller hired Jacques
Sicard. Sicard developed the Sicard line; which
continues to be one of Weller's most sought-after
patterns to this date. Weller Sicard production
ended in 1907.
By 1906 many of the more popular, hand-decorated
Weller pottery patterns such as Aurelian,
Eocean, Etna, Modeled Matte, Art Nouveau were
already in production. By the early 1920s, many
of the prestigious hand-decorated lines of Weller
pottery were discontinued as production shifted
to higher production commercial art pottery.
However, even into the l920s Weller was still
introducing several significant lines including
LaSa and Hudson. The LaSa line was introduced
by John Lessell who became art director for Weller
pottery in 1920. The Weller Hudson line was developed
in the late teens to early 20s and to this day
remains among the highest quality, hand decorated
pottery ever produced. Other popular Weller patterns
from the 1920s include, Blue Drapery, Louella,
Glendale, Knifewood, and Warwick.
pottery continued to produce high quality
pottery into the 1930s including such lines as
Sabrinian, Chase, Bonito, Geode, Raceme and Stellar.
By 1935, Weller pottery abandoned hand decoration
and produced only molded pottery. In early 1948
Weller pottery ceased production.
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