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Purinton Pottery

Emerging from Shippenville, Pennsylvania in the early years of the 20th century, Purinton Pottery became renowned for its elaborately decorated ceramic dinnerware. Though in production for only about twenty years, Purinton pieces are still in high demand today.

Purinton began with Bernard Purinton, a native of Ohio who came from a family of ceramists. In the early days of production, Bernard developed new methods for casting, later patented as slipware, which he put to use when he invested in his own plant in Shippenville around 1936. In the following years, Purinton streamlined the manufacturing process, allowing for more rapid production on a wide range of pieces.

Early Purinton pieces were utilitarian, such as mugs or picnic ware, but as their prestige grew, the pottery company... Read more

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