We are Proud to list a very large Collection of ROSEMEADE, UND SCHOOL OF MINES, and DICKOTA pottery. This listing is for a rare pair of Miniature Bambi Figurines.
Rosemeade pottery has become a popular collectible today because its creator, Laura Taylor Hughes, chose subjects which continually fascinate people--animals, birds, fish--and modeled authentic characterizations of their living counterparts. These innovative designs were then accurately hand painted in nature's vivid coloring. Laura Taylor combined education, experience and creative skill. Educated at UND, Taylor was a student and assistant to nationally known director, Margaret Cable. After a short period of making Dickota pottery at the Dickinson Clay Products Company, Laura Taylor was appointed state supervisor of the North Dakota Works Administration (WPA).
An opportunity to demonstrate pottery making at the 1939 New York World's Fair changed Laura Taylor's life as she met Robert J. Hughes, zealous booster of state enterprise. Together they founded the Wahpeton Pottery Company in January 1940 and married three years later. Many of Laura Taylor's naturalistic designs reflected the native flora and fauna of her North Dakota farm childhood.
A wide range of other products included place souvenirs, human forms, functional items and advertising pieces. Observing trends, Taylor met the needs and wishes of the public. The company name was changed to Rosemeade Potteries in 1953 for better name recognition and remained successful while many other companies of that era did not survive. Distinctive lustrous glazes created by Howard Lewis, production manager, set Rosemeade apart, making it easily recognizable. Metal oxides painted under the glazes fired into colorful hues.
Lewis also threw swirl pottery vases and pitchers. He learned the swirl process while working at Niloak Pottery and previously produced "Dickota Badlands" swirl pottery for the Dickinson Clay Products Company. Joe McLaughlin succeeded Lewis as production manager.
McLaughlin introduced decorative decals, including those of wildlife artist Les Kouba, and accelerated advertising specialties sales. Rosemeade Potteries closed in 1961. Although some early pottery and the swirl ware were thrown on the potter's wheel, the majority of Rosemeade was cast in molds. Most Rosemeade pottery is identified with an impressed mark or an ink stamp of the company name in black or blue lettering on the bottom.
Here is another extremely hard to find Rosemeade item, Miniature Bambi Deer Figurines. Miniature versions of the Rosemeade products are the most sought after collectibles and a chance to add these to your collection is finally here!
These measure 3/4" x 2 1/4" and 1 1/2" x 1 3/4". The S & P version is much larger than the figurines and are more common, the figurines are usually not found as a set but rather as singles, probably due to the ears being broken off of one. This pair is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.A great addition to your Rosemeade/Dakota Potteries collection! Page 108 (2000 Dommel Collector Guide).
Vintage Pottery like this will have Rough edges, Minor Glaze Skips/Pops, Minor Crazing and other Minor Imperfections compared to Today's mass manufactured products. If there are any Obvious problems with the item we will note it as best we can. We are using information from the Darlene Hurst Dommel and Irene Harms Collector Books for reference to this great collectible! Please take a look at the pictures and ask any questions and be sure to check out the other great items we have listed for your collection! The item "North Dakota Rosemeade Very Rare Miniature Bambi Figurines Excellent Condition" is in sale since Sunday, July 6, 2014.
This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Pottery & China\Art Pottery\Dakota Pottery". The seller is "wideglide62" and is located in Mandan, North Dakota. This item can be shipped worldwide.