About Teco Pottery
1881, William Gates founded the Terra Cotta Tile
Works. Gates initially produced terra-cotta bricks,
drain tiles and pottery. The Teco
pottery line was introduced in 1902. Teco
exemplifies pottery of the "Praire School"
arts and crafts movement of which Frank Lloyd
Wright made so popular.
The Teco pottery line included over 500 designs
by 1911. The exact ending date of Teco pottery
is unknown. Ads and articles about Teco
pottery have been found dating up to about
Teco Pottery is most famous for simple, matte
green glazes which dominates over 90 percent of
its pottery. Some of Teco's matte green glazes
exhibit a charcoaling effect in the form of a
metallic, black overglaze. Other successful Teco
colors include brown, yellow, blue, pink and maroon.
While Teco's matte glazes are of consistent,
high quality the true attraction of Teco pottery
rests with the uniqueness and creativity of the
various forms. Teco
pottery forms are typically defined either
as geometric, organic or architectural. The geometric
forms with angular handles and buttresses are
generally the most sought-after.
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Photos courtesy David Ragos