The Wheatley pottery company of Cincinnati, Ohio was founded in 1903 by Thomas J Wheatley who already had a substantial career in art pottery production. His work has often been compared to that of the Grueby Faience Co of Boston, Massachusetts and similar companies which existed at the time. Known for his Arts and Crafts style, his work became popular during this movement of the early 1900’s. Sparse information exists on his company, however, it is believed that due to a fire at the factory in 1910, art pottery production ceased afterwards. The company continued in existence up until its sale to the Cambridge Tile Manufacturing Co in 1927. Wheatley Pottery is well known for their forms, unique relief patterns and heavy, mottled glaze primarily in a mustard yellow, forest green and blue in a matte finish. This vase stands 7” tall with a top of just under 6” across. The base measures 6 1/4” diameter, however the widest girth is just over 9”. In excellent condition, I can find no damage or repairs to this beautiful item. I will point out several aspects typical of Wheatley pottery. Because the glaze was usually applied thick, often times pop bubbles are present, occurring during the firing process. The inside of this vase has numerous popped bubbles from production. There are several pops on the outside as well, again commonly found on the pottery. I also pictured a small flake on the bottom rim; I believe this to be a nonissue. For those looking to accent their arts and crafts or mission decor, this wonderful example of Wheatley pottery would definitely fit the bill. I have supplied numerous pictures for your viewing.
T J Wheatley Art Pottery Vase-c1906