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The Potters, Kilns, and Stoneware of Upper Alton in the Mid-1800s

December 8, 2016 | 3,659 views

Greg Mathis, member of Collectors of Illinois Pottery & Stoneware (C.O.I.P.S.), and webmaster of Blue & White Pottery/Old Sleepy Eye Collectors Club (BWPOSECC), has given numerous talks on 19th-century pottery production in White Hall, Upper Alton, and Anna, Illinois. Pieces from his impressive collection are currently on display at the Genealogy & Local History Library and represent work from Anton Ulrich/John Wietfeld Pottery, George Swettenham, Western Stoneware Company at Buck Inn, Julius Wilhelms & Company, Isaac E. Warnack & Son, and W. J. Hahar Stoneware Manufacturer. Greg has also published two books in the Illinois Room collection: Traditional Stoneware of the Bluff City and The Potters, Kilns, and Stoneware of Upper Alton, Illinois.

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