Lawton had actually been in the pottery life style for a long time he used to work for Florence Pottery in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. He used to work as the General Manager there until it burned down. The real beginning of his career was when he was 13 and he started to work for The Ohio Pottery Company and he just went on from there. During all the years that the company was operational there was no change in owner ship until he sold it and it became something else, the company had another building at one point and it was completely dedicated to creating lamp bases.
But at some point in time there was a accident and the building burned down. After that they were moved to the main building and they had centralized production. There isn’t much information that was left behind about Gonder Pottery, so we don’t know how many people worked there. Now if you had wanted to buy a piece today that the company had made there is a wide variety of items and the price range is from $4 all the way to $2500!
As I had mentioned earlier that there is very little information left about this company for whatever reason but from the information we do have I was able to deduce that they mostly made vases but they are known for making good lamp bases. Generally they use stoneware in all their pottery and they were known for a few of their glazes too. Their special glazes were Flambe glaze which Gonder described as “fire red with streaks of yellow” and there was the gold crackle finish. There weren’t really any reoccurring themes in their work because it was mostly mass production type things.
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Their pieces were actually really cheesy; the pieces were like butterflies and just animal heads and things of that cheesy nature. They did have a back stamp on their pieces there were a few but they were pretty generic it said things like: GONDER, GONDER USA, ect. This is one of the stamps they used later on, on pots. The Gonder Company had many lines of production but most of their ceramic pieces used solid colors or a slight mixture of two dark colors where the difference is so miniscule. Their pieces are mostly smooth looking with not much texture except for maybe a few waves.
Although they did have some textured pottery but major of them were smooth. They liked to use organic lines in a lot of their pottery and mostly used warm colors with the occasional cool color here and there. Many of Gonders pottery has a sort of natural feeling like you have seen something like it before in nature but it usually has some sort of twist to it. The first picture is that of a pot which has fish heads at the bottem but the shape and colors make it look like something out of the ocean.
Also something to notice is the colors on the pot they look as though they are dripping down which is seen in a lot of Gonder’s Pottery. Vintage Gonder Pottery Vase, 1950’s Gonder Pottery Fish Vase, made in Zanesville, Ohio. Made in USA, 8 1/2″ tall, Private Collection 1950’s Gonder Pottery Vase, 1950’s Gonder Pottery Shell Vase, made in Zanesville, Ohio. 6 1/2″tall 13 1/2″ wide Vintage Gonder Pottery Vase, 1950’s Gonder Pottery Vase, made in Zanesville, Ohio. 9″ tall. Vintage Gonder Pottery Lamp, Vintage 1950’s Gonder Pottery TV Light, made in Zanesville, Ohio, 8 1/2″ tall 12″ across.
Gonder Pottery Chinese Vase, Vase has original sticker that reads “Authentic Chinese Interpretations by Gonder”, 8″ tall. Vintage Gonder Pottery Vase, 1950’s Gonder Pottery Flower Vase, made in Zanesville, Ohio, 7 1/2″ tall. Time Line December 8, 1941Deed signed for new company. January 12, 1942First shipment sent out. Feburary 25, 1942First piece of cermaric art shown to the Grahm Weaver Realty Company. Feburary 1943Gonder no longer has any affiliation with the company it was making molds for. 1946Buys more factories and incorperates
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