Weller Pottery

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Vase by Jacques Sicard, c. 1903-1907

Weller Pottery was founded by Samuel Weller in Fultonham, Ohio, United States in 1872. The original business consisted of a small cabin and one kiln and initial products produced by Weller included flower pots, crocks, bowls, and vases.

In 1882, Weller moved the pottery to Zanesville, Ohio, United States. In 1893, William Long became partners with Weller and moved his Lonhuda Faience Company to Zanesville. Long’s partnership with Weller dissolved in less than one year.

Weller continued to produce Lonhuda pottery but changed its name to Weller Louwelsa. The Louwelsa name originated from the first three letters “Lou” of his daughter’s name, Louise, and “Wel” from his last name. The “SA” was reportedly taken from his initials.

Charles Babcock Upjohn period[edit]

After Long’s departure from Weller, Charles Babcock Upjohn became the art director for Weller. Upjohn worked in that position from 1885 to 1904 and is credited with the introduction of the famous Weller Dickens Ware line. Upjohn left Weller for a short time in 1901 to work at Cambridge Pottery in Cambridge, Ohio. Upjohn left Cambridge in 1902 and returned to Weller until 1904.

Jacques Sicard contributions[edit]

Jacques Sicard introduced the metallic luster Sicardo line; Frederick Hurten Rhead developed the Jap Birdimal line during his brief time at the pottery in 1903 and 1904; and John Lessell created the LaSa line. These are among the most recognized Weller employees. Weller continued to produce art pottery until the company went out of business in 1948.

Pottery lines[edit]

Early Weller Art Ware Lines

Louwelsa 1896–1924

Dickensware I 1897–1898

Dickensware II 1900–1905

Dickensware III 1903–1904

Turada 1897–1898

Aurelian 1898–1910

Eocean 1898–1918

Sicard 1902–1907

Jap Birdimal 1903

Fru Russet 1904

Floretta 1904

Hunter 1904

Matt Floretta 1904

Perfecto 1904

Dresden 1905–1910

Etna 1906

Middle to Late Period Art Ware and Commercial Ware

Burntwood and Claywood 1910

Cameo Jewel 1910

Souevo 1910

Camelot 1913

Clinton Ivory – before 1914

Roma 1914 – late 1920s

Muskota 1915

Teakwood 1915

Athens 1915

Blue Drapery 1915

Brighton 1915

Copra 1915

Creamware 1915

Fairfield 1915

Orris 1915

Baldin 1915–1920

Flemish mid teens – 1928

Forrest mid teens – 1928

Jewell approx. 1916

Dupont late teens

Rosemont late teens – late 1920s

Zona 1920

Woodcraft 1920 – 1933

Hudson 1920's – mid 1930s

Voile early 1920s – 1938

Alvin 1928

Glendale through the 1920s

Silvertone through the 1920s


  • Sharon and Bob Huxford. The Collectors Encyclopedia of Weller Pottery 3rd Ed

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