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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Darling Dedham Pottery

Do you like adorable bunnies? Then you'll like 
Dedham Pottery. 
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,

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Dedham Pottery Turkey Border Thanksgiving Plate

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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  1. OMG this is so pretty! I love the look and all the pieces, specially the blue and white. The cookie jar is to die for.
    Never heard of Dedham Pottery, thanks for the information, I have a special attachment to pottery as we used to have a factory to make them and so love to know about dishes.
    Have a great week ahead.

  2. Those are really unique. I am not familiar with them but them are very sweet!

  3. I have never heard of this company but those rabbits are just so cute!

  4. U gave always loved this stuff. THe bunny pieces were my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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