Origins of Blue and White Stoneware
From about 1900 to the 1940s, embossed Blue & White, Blue & Gray,
Spongeware, Uhl, Sleepy Eye and other stoneware was a standard
component of many American households. It was a regular product line
manufactured by many potteries around the American Midwest. These
potteries manufactured various Stoneware items to fill a broad range
of kitchen, personal hygiene, and other needs.
The variety of pieces is almost endless and includes pitchers, bowls, salt and butter tubs, kitchen canisters, umbrella stands, chamber pots (thunder mugs), slop jars (combinetts), and other items. Many of these pieces are elaborately decorated with embossed scenes or designs such as forests, birds, animals, people, and flowers. These pieces are lovely art designs in their own right and most are now quite popular and cherished objects to many collectors.
Several retail stores usually carried a variety of Stoneware lines
in their sales catalogs. However, many pieces were purchased
directly from local general stores and some were usually available
as "giveaways" - buy a bag of flour and a piece of Stoneware was
included. Occasionally, the piece had promotional advertising on it.
Advertising pieces are now very collectable.
For information regarding the Blue and White Pottery Club
any board member.