Samuel A. Weller founded Weller Pottery in 1872 in Fultonham, Ohio where he began producing utilitarian wares including flower pots, crocks, bowls, jars and vases . Many famous potteries were originally established in this area due to the abundant quantities of high-quality clay used to fashion their products. From his small cabin factory with one beehive kiln, by 1905 Weller had grown to be the largest pottery in the country. The company mass produced art pottery until about 1920 and it manufactured commercial products until it closed in 1948.
We would like to concentrate on Weller’s art pottery in this discussion, particularly their Louwelsa line, one of the many lines of art pottery that Weller developed over the years to compete with other high-end art pottery houses such as Rookwood. In 1893 Samuel Weller visited the Chicago World’s Fair and saw William Long’s tin-glazed Lonhuda ware pottery. Weller acquired Lonhuda Pottery in 1894 and William Long joined him to produce his faience glazed pottery line. After Long left the company, Weller renamed the faience line Louwelsa after his daughter Louisa. The Louwelsa line was made by Weller from 1896 through 1924.
Yellow Garage dealer S. S. Americana is featuring a beautiful artist decorated and signed Weller Louwelsa vase. Dating from the late 19th to early 20th Century, the lovely floral decoration was hand painted over a graduated brown background and covered with the bright reflective faience glaze. The vase has the incised Louwelsa Weller mark and is artist signed AN. The vase is in excellent condition and stands an impressive 12 1\4” tall. It shows as an excellent example of one of Weller’s most sought after Louwelsa artist hand decorated art pottery vases.
Antique Hand Painted and Artist Signed Weller Louwelsa Vase