Grueby Repair and Restoration
After starting his career at Low Art Tile Works in Chelsea, Massachusetts, William Henry Grueby decided to team up in 1890 with Eugene Atwood and create his own company. Atwood & Grueby only lasted four years, but Grueby continued and soon opened Grueby Faience Company.
Grueby was always a unique and innovative artist, developing his own glazes and creating a matte finish that was very different from the glossy glazes that were popular at the time. Grueby made two kinds of pottery: art pottery and architectural tiles. All Grueby pottery was made by hand. The Grueby Faience Company hired young girls to assist with modeling and decorating the pottery.
Because Grueby wares usually feature a mark showing the company’s name, it is important to know all the name changes it underwent over the years. In 1907, the Grueby Faience Company changed names to Grueby Pottery Company and then changed names again in 1911 to Grueby Faience and Tile Company. This company burned in 1913 but rebuilt. Public interest began to wane, and Grueby couldn’t compete against other companies, so Grueby closed its doors permanently in 1920.
Grueby wares are unique and identifiable because they are made from earthen clay, and then shaped by hand to resemble plants and flowers. Most wares are finished with a muted tone glaze. These wares feature a subtle texture finished with a matte sheen. Grueby glaze colors include soft yellow, sky blue, oatmeal, rich pumpkin, misty gray and mauve, but it’s the matte green that is the most sought after.
Grueby remains one of the most desired wares from the American pottery movement. You can trust Dean Schulefand & Associates in restoring and conserving your Grueby wares. For over 30 years, Dean Schulefand is one of few specialists in the US who is experienced in Grueby repair and restoration. He is personally involved in the repair and restoration of every facet to ensure the best in quality with excellent results.
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