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The Dedham Pottery company was founded in Dedham, Massachusetts by Hugh C. Robertson in 1896. Robertson was of Scottish heritage and a 5th generation potter. One source says Robertson was fascinated by Chinese crackle pottery and set out to make his own but another story is that he created the glaze accidentally while experimenting with new techniques. Whichever is true, each piece has that distinctive crackled glaze and stylized flora and fauna in a cobalt blue border. Robertson and his artists were creating during the height of the Arts and Crafts movement and you can see that influence in their designs.
There are turtles,
and elephants among others.
But by far the best known pattern is the crouching bunny otherwise known as the Dedham Rabbit.
I have a very small collection that includes a
covered butter dish,
a crouching rabbit,
a tiny creamer,
a wall pocket,
a cookie jar,
and a set of 4 table mats.
The company made dozens of different items including all kinds of dinnerware, plates, bowls, mugs, teapots, casseroles, candlesticks, vases, figurines, and planters.
The crouching bunny became the company's logo.
The pottery operated from 1896 until 1943 however, the Dedham Historical Society holds the trademark and The Potting Shed in Concord, Mass. makes reproductions today.
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