The public is invited to join the Hull Pottery Association members, dealers and collectors from all over the United States for the show in the pottery capital of the world, Crooksville.
The show will be held on Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, at Crooksville High School, located at 4075 Ceramic Way in Crooksville. Admission is free to everyone.
On July 13, the show will open to members at 9 a.m., while the show for the general public will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A general membership meeting will take place at 4 p.m.
On July 14, the show will open to members at 9 a.m., while the show for the general public will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At approximately 11:30 a.m., former Hull Pottery Company employees will receive honors and scholarship awards will be presented, followed by a luncheon at noon.
Hundreds of authentic, rare, and one-of-a-kind pieces of Hull Pottery and many other favorite pottery pieces will be on display.
Pottery will be offered for sale during the event.
In addition to the pottery show, hourly raffles, drawings, and giveaways will take place during the event.
Prior to the show, a social hour will be held on Thursday, July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Roseville Community Center, located at 13047 Karl Brown Road in Roseville.
Hull Pottery History:
Hull Pottery began production in 1905 in Crooksville, Ohio, under the leadership of Addis Emmet (A.E.) Hull. The company’s early lines consisted of common utilitarian stoneware, semi-porcelain dinnerware, and decorative tile. The company quickly established a firm market and enjoyed an excellent reputation for producing quality ceramics.
In the 1920s, Hull maintained its general offices and factories in Crooksville along with an office and showroom in New York, offices in Chicago and Detroit, and a large warehouse in New Jersey. As the company’s success grew, Hull began experimenting with a line of art pottery and also began using a wider variety of colors and glazing techniques.
A.E. Hull died in 1930. Addis E. Hull, Jr. succeeded his father in the management of the business but left the company in 1937 to become the General Manager of the Shawnee Pottery Company. Gerald F. Watts became the new manager.
By the late 1930s through the 1950s, Hull was producing a variety of pottery lines. One of the most popular lines was Little Red Riding Hood. The Little Red Riding Hood line included cookie jars, canisters, sugar bowls, and creamers. The art pottery lines with matte pastel finishes continued to develop primarily along floral themes: Orchid, Magnolia, Calla Lilly Open Rose, Irish, and Tulip to name just a few.
Hull’s product lines expanded to include piggy banks, liquor bottles, and kitchenware. The company’s Floristware line was one of its most successful. From the 1940s through the 1960s, a plant or flower bouquet delivered from a florist was often contained in a Hull pot or figural planter.
In June 1950, the plant was destroyed in a flood and resulting fire. Primarily because of Hull’s excellent reputation with its customers and buyers, the company was able to quickly rebuild and re-opened on Jan. 1, 1952, as “The Hull Pottery Company”. J.B. Hull became General Manager.
Through the 1950s and 1960s, the company continued to expand and diversify its product lines to coincide with the times. New artistic lines such as Ebb Tide, Tropicana, Continental, Parchment and Pine, and Tokay were introduced.
In the late 1960s through the mid-1980s, the company changed its production from artistic lines to predominately House ‘n’ Garden serving ware and Imperial florist ware. J.B. Hull died in 1978. Henry Sulens. Larry Taylor succeed Hull as President of the company.
In the mid-1980s, the company was hit with multiple union strikes and foreign competition. In March 1986 the company ceased operations and closed the plant. The building was sold to the Friendship Pottery Company. In August 1993, the building caught fire during renovation and was destroyed.
Board of Directors:
Several area residents and individuals from other states serve on the Board of Directors, including Clarence Crooks, president from Crooksville; Keith Knowles, vice president from Lafayette, Illinois; Bob Kirkwood, treasurer from Roseville; Bill Unger, secretary from Littlestown, Pennsylvania; Larry Lowery, dealer representative from Circleville; Gloria Giese, membership chairperson from Kankakee, Illinois; Debora Del Valle, IT chairperson from Cincinnati; Betty Fry, special events coordinator from Keokuk, Iowa; and Jackie Cross, advertising chairperson from Bonfield, Illinois.
The National Show and Sale is always held in Crooksville where the pottery was founded. Each year the group hosts a regional convention in a different state.
2018 HPA commemorative piece:
The 2018 Hull Pottery Association (HPA) Commemorative is a special 25th HPA Anniversary Plaque in the shape and approximate size of the A.E. Hull Company Pottery Advertising Sign. The plaque is 5”x11” and is glazed in a rose color. As with all HPA Commemorative, they are a limited edition and will not be produced again. Two commemoratives may be ordered per member.
The commemorative sales are the primary fundraiser for the group and are crucial for the fiscal stability of the organization to continue to be able to fund newsletters, the National and Regional Shows, webpage/social media and HPA scholarships.
The commemoratives are available to current HPA members only. 2017 memberships have expired. Those interested must renew and receive the 2018 membership card prior to ordering. Former Hull Pottery Company employees (honorary HPA members) may also place an order.
According to organizers, people travel from all over the United States for the National Convention, representing much of the United States.
For additional information regarding HPA may visit hullpotteryassociation.org.
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Jeremiah Shaver is a Multimedia Journalist with The Logan Daily News.