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A place to discuss all aspects of collecting John B. Taylor Pottery (Ceramics), Louisville Stoneware and MA Hadley Pottery.

The JB Taylor Company was founded in 1815 in Louisville, Kentucky. But it was not owned by John B. Taylor until 1938. In 1970 the company was sold and became know as Louisville Stoneware. The company is still produces the stoneware. Some of the old patterns are still in production as well as many new designs.

Some of the oldest patterns include Harvest and Vintage. In the earlier days, the artists were likely to experiment with different designs and you can occasionally find a unique treasure in antique/consignment shops. They also do many pieces on commission for company/event promotions, the best known being their pieces done to commemorate the running of the Kentucky Derby. They also did a pattern for Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Kentucky Fried Chicken and many more.

The fun aspect of this stoneware is the different patterns and individual hand painted designs, from Bachelor Button, Country Flowers, hummingbirds, 12 Days of Christmas, Noah's Ark, etc. As well as some decorative pieces including castles, birdhouses, pet dishes, etc.

One of the better known potters to work for John B. Taylor was MA Hadley (Mary Alice Hadley), who started a company of her own. MA Hadley is very collectible and highly sought after for their varied and creative hand painted patterns.

Hadley Pottery had its inception early in 1940. At that time, M.A.Hadley applied her artistic talents to the making of a custom set of dishes for a cruiser that the Hadleys had on the Ohio River. The Hadley Pottery building was purchased by the Hadleys in October of 1944 as a birthday present for Mrs. Hadley. Mrs. Hadley painted all of the murals on the walls of the building.

Tell us of your collection, items for sale or wanted. Pictures are always enjoyed!

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