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J. B. Owens Art Pottery

Zanesville, Ohio

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John Owens started making art pottery around 1885 in Roseville, Ohio.  He incorporated in 1891 and built a large manufacturing plant in Zanesville.  Throughout the years many of his employees went on to form or manage other well known pottery companies.  One notable employee, Karl Langenbeck, is argued to be the first ceramic chemist in the United States.  Around 1905 much of the manufacturing began to focus on tile production. (Although art pottery was still being made in limited quantities)  Over time plants were opened and closed under the names J.B. Owens Floor and Wall Tile Company (later renamed Empire) and Domex Floor & Wall Tile Co. of Greensburg.  Much of Owen's art pottery replicated creations by his largest competitors in this arena, Roseville and Weller.  The high quality craftsmanship and glazing detail were also similar.  The operation closed it doors in 1929 due to large losses in the stock market crash of that year.

Output of the business was almost always marked, with a few exceptions.  The pottery marks were numerous and sometimes only line names were used.  Approximately fifteen company / line marks, and thirty two artist initials are known to have been used on the bottoms of their work.  I'll include five of the more popular marks in the images above.

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J.B. Owens Pottery

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Ohio Pottery Information Owen's Pottery Plant (After closure)  Artists Initials & Names



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