The United States Pottery Company paralleled the emergence of large-scale industrial pottery production nationally. The company produced an immense amount of white ware, yellow ware, and parian ware in a variety of glazes. Technically innovative, the United States Pottery Company gained national prominence when its wares were featured in the 1853 Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York City.
Almost from the time the Norton Pottery closed, ceramics scholars expressed a special interest in the subject of Bennington pottery. There was a clear recognition that the end of an era had arrived and it was important to document a valued part of America’s historic ceramic accomplishments. Today visitors can learn how these various types of ceramics were made by each company and used in Victorian homes. The Bennington Pottery Gallery and Study Center interprets the story of a revealing chapter of our nation’s industrial and social development.
A study center features an encyclopedic display of production work, along with copies of primary source documents concerning the companies. The Bennington Pottery Gallery and Study Center was funded in part with grants from the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Vermont Community Foundation.