Stangl Pottery


Established by Samuel Hill in 1814 as Hill Pottery, Hill produced utilitarian items including drain pipes and storage jars. In the 1860s, the company was acquired by Abram Fulper, and by 1900 became Fulper Pottery under the direction of William H. Fulper II, Abram Fulper's grandson.

In 1910 Fulper hired ceramic engineer Martin Stangl to develop new products. By 1924, Stangl was vice president of the company, and responsible for the introduction of America's first open stock solid-color dinnerware.

Local production ceased in 1935, and the plant was utilized as a showroom, becoming one of the country's first factory outlets. By November 1978, Stangl Pottery ceased all production and closed its doors. The factory still stands, now in use as retail space.

The Model

On the layout, the business is relocated for better visibility as well as to give it more room, although the model will still need to be compressed quite a bit. The signature aspect of this landmark is the beehive kilns—I recall as a kid taking a tour of the main complex, and stepping inside one of the kilns.

Further Reading


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