The tour consists of lists of object records created from searches of a master database. The searches represent one primary way to access the ceramic art collection – by maker. For those who would like to just browse the collection, there is an "All Ceramic Art" section.
The makers represented are:
American Art Clay Works (Edgerton, WI: 1892-1895) – founded by two Danish potters, Thorwald Samson and Louis Ipson, who had worked for Pauline Pottery; specialized in statuettes, busts, and wall plaques
Badger Craft Pottery (Madison, WI: 1920s-1930s) – an operation whose history is not corroborated by supporting documentation
Century House (Madison, WI: 1948-1963) – operated by a married team of potters, Priscilla Jane Scalbom Howell and Max Howell; specialized in plates, bowls, mugs, tea sets, lamp bases, and figurines; company continued to exist as a retailer of Scandinavian furniture
Ceramic Arts Studio (Madison, WI: 1940-1955) – founded by Wisconsin potter Lawrence Rabbitt, who partnered with Reuben Sand; specialized in head vases, wall plaques, salt and pepper sets, and decorative figurines; many products designed by Madison-born Betty Harrington
Edgerton Art Clay Works (Edgerton, WI: 1895-1899) – new name for American Art Clay Works
Glenn A. Minshall (Madison, WI: 1941) – Kansas-born bookstore clerk who may have made pottery as an avocation; all works in the collection are bowls
Norse Pottery (Edgerton, WI: 1903-1904; Rockford, IL: 1904-1913) – founded by Samson and Ipson from American/Edgerton Art Clay Works; specialized in reinterpretations of Scandinavian artifacts
Pauline Pottery (Chicago, IL: 1883-1888; Edgerton, WI: 1888-1894) – founded by Pauline Jacobus; specialized in cups, ewers, jars, lamps, teapots, and vases; produced pottery for retailers Marshall Field and Tiffany; succeeded by Edgerton Pottery after bankruptcy
Susan S. Frackelton (Milwaukee, WI: 1881-1904; Chicago, IL 1904-1909) – Milwaukee-born authority on china painting who also produced art pottery and became known for distinctive salt-glazed stoneware
For more information on Susan Frackelton, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society's online exhibit, Pottery by Frackelton.
For more information on most of these makers, visit the Wisconsin Pottery Association website.