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Polish immigrant Louis Stetson started the Stetson Pottery Company in 1946. He used whiteware produced by the Mt. Clemens Pottery Company and added decals or hand painted patterns, which were then distributed by the Marcrest Company through grocery and furniture stores as premiums.
It’s often fascinating to me how these companies worked together, and how many hands these pieces had to pass through before making their way to America’s tables in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Stetson pottery often has a folk feel to it, both with the color choices and the themes of the designs. Take for instance the Red Barn pattern, which features a red barn, an old mill, and heart and flower motifs. There’s also some great abstract hand painted patterns, such as Hiawatha and Duncan Hines, whose cross hatch marks are very indicative of the midcentury aesthetic.
Stetson Pottery closed its doors in 1965, but you can still find pieces of it, especially in the Midwest. Like to begin a collection? Check out this serving bowl I currently have listed on Etsy!
And check out these other great Etsy stores for more examples of Stetson Pottery:
From Locust Tree, a full tea set
And from Lindsay Jane’s Cottage, a rare covered casserole