A lovely example of Burley Winter Pottery made in Crooksville, Ohio in the 1920's. Measures 12 1/2" tall 6 1/2" at the largest body diameter and at the top. The base is about 4" in diameter. As typical with BW stoneware pottery it is very heavy and weighs well over 5 pounds.
Burley Winter was one of the hundreds of potteries that once operated in Eastern Ohio in the 19th and 20th Century and were in business from the mid 1800's until 1930 when they, like many of their competitors, fell victim to the Great Depression and closed in 1930. The are perhaps lesser known than others from the region and this may be attributed in part to the fact that many of their pots were unmarked. Quality control was also not particularly strict as firing and glazing flaws are commonly found. These can easily be ignored when one considers the fabulous glazing techniques that Mr. Burley invented and perfected over the years. The subtle beauty is difficult to describe and virtually impossible to show in photographs.
This example is an unusual rusty orange colored matte glaze mottled with green giving it a very pleasing appearance of oxidized copper. There is no damage but it is not without the usual manufacturing issues, the main one being the large bump around the bottom that occurred before the final glaze firing. Also several glaze misses, firing pits and other light rubs and marks which are shown in the photos. There is a 'good' side and it can easily be displayed without the major flaw showing.
Marked; "201-K" on underside.
This came from the estate of an avid collector of Ohio pottery along with several other pieces of Burley Winter and Zanesville Stoneware. These are shown in the last picture and some are listed in our shop. Please ask about any others that may interest you.
The Burley family has recently resumed making pots in the Zanesville area using the glazing techniques that their ancestor perfected. These cannot be confused with the vintage pottery as it is clearly marked; "New Burley Winter".