Frank opened shop in 1933. Look at the bottom of the piece. Finance problems plagued the once popular Frankoma Pottery yet again and the company's doors were closed in the spring of 2010. The Turquoise glaze is a bright and sharp blue, very much like the native gem color. This unique door, which weighs about 900 pounds, is an amazing feature, even during heavy rain.
Switching to Sapulpa Clay In late 1954, the company switched to a brick red firing clay whih was several miles from the factory in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Although their loss was great, they built a new plant and began producing dinnerware which would become the backbone of their business. You can review the years of production and look it up in the original catalog. This clay had to be extracted from the ground similar to digging trenches. In their frequently asked questions section, the site assures readers that food and Frankoma do indeed mix well. Not long after his arrival in Oklahoma, he married Grace Lee, and together they began producing a line of fine art clay pottery and sculpture which would be affordable to most people.
Frankoma continued to use this technique through 1955. If it is Sapulpa clay, it will visibly darken. Over time I have added a scan of almost all of the Frankoma catalogs. Pictures showing different color glazes made for Frankoma Pottery. It might possibly be desert rose, but I'd bet on redbud.
Named Frank X 2, it was once the studio of their mother, Grace Lee Frank, who died in 1996. Many have African American, Native American or animal subjects. How to Identify Frankoma Clay. Glazing labeled turquoise from the early 1940's does not have this depth of color. Frankoma Pottery was originally known as The Frank Potteries when John F.
In addition to their lines of dinnerware, Frankoma produced jewelry, plaques, wall pockets, vases, animals, souvenirs, and historical, political and religious commemoratives. As a result, I have quite a few fairly worthless pieces I don't think I'll ever be able to sell. Two of their most recognizable glazes are named Prairie Green and Desert Gold. I bought what I liked, knowing nothing about the pieces. John Frank died in 1973, but his generosity to his community, his faith and willingness to help those in need and his pottery are a fine legacy.
Also, any other websites I can add to my favorites list would be helpful. Some think it was a great marketing move because the colors were better represented. First, if the clay used appears to be a tan color, then it was created pre-1955 from Ada clay which was mined near the southern Oklahoma town of Ada. Collectors call this Sapulpa Clay Pre-1980. Frankoma printed the cover photo as a post card so it could be used both ways. I know there are some collectors' books out there, but would love a recommendation as to which one is the best to start with. A professionally-made Frankoma video that clearly identifies the glazes, colors, and marks would do a lot to solve the problem.
In 1942, Frankoma introduced the Wagon Wheel Line of dinnerware, and in 1947, introduced the Mayan-Aztec line of dinnerware. Red terra cotta tile adorn the back of the house which is framed by miles of natural rock terraces hand laid by Frank. Clay and trademarks help identify old and new Frankoma pieces, according to Gary V. I will be cross referencing all of the mold numbers to their first instance in a Frankoma catalog. This clay was extracted from Sugar Loaf Hill and is referred to as Sapulpa clay. Further, during the 1980's, the clay was infused with additives which affected the color.
To provide a better website experience, feltmagnet. The is stamped with Frankoma, fairly small, in blocky letters. The look of Frankoma is an acquired taste, the southwestern feel and unusual colored glazes do not appeal to everyone. Frankoma Pottery Characteristics and History Frankoma pieces made since 1954 sport a red clay from Sapulpa, Oklahoma, while older wares were formed with a tan colored clay dug at Ada, Oklahoma. This color, a favorite of John Frank and his wife, Grace Lee, was also a favorite with customers. This mineral rich clay significantly changed the appearance of many of the glazes, especially the rutile ones Prairie Green, Woodland Moss, Peach Glow, Desert Gold, Brown Satin.
Doing a on eBay can yield up-to-date prices on many Frankoma pieces. When we reopened the business in August 2005, my wife,Crystal, and I first focused on rebuilding the line. This site started out in 2008 as a Frankoma salt and pepper shaker site. Collectors refer to it as Ada Clay. The Frankoma plant closed again for six weeks during the summer of 2008 for the sale transition of new owners once again, reopening on August 18, 2008. More recently I added a full mold number index. Since both these colors were used extensively over time, it's the type of clay used in the piece rather than the color of the glaze, which determines value.
They would continue this until they dropped the whole line as the millenium approached. What is red, gold, green, white, blue, black, yellow, lavender, turquoise, and brown and can take thousands of shapes? John Frank's principle of having a one-firing process that kept production costs low. My goal is to make available in one place all of the information Frankoma collectors need to pursue their hobby. The signature line of Frankoma Pottery dinnerware, Wagon Wheel, was introduced in 1942. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Frankoma pottery eBay Related: frankoma pottery prairie green fulper pottery frankoma pottery salt and pepper shakers frankoma pottery vase frankoma pottery mug frankoma pottery green frankhoma pottery frankoma pottery indian frankoma pottery christmas cards frankoma pottery wagon wheel frankoma pottery yellow frankoma pottery vases Frankoma colors Etsy Vintage Frankoma Pottery - Moss Blue Color - Mini Pitcher and Bowl 30A and B - 1940's - Collectible and Usable.