STANGL POTTERY: Trenton’s Most Painterly Everyday Dishes
Exhibit on display
November 27, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
This exhibit celebrates Stangl Pottery, one of Trenton’s most successful ceramic manufacturers. The exhibit seeks to illustrate the appeal of Stangl dinnerware and other products. Starting in 1942 with the first hand-carved dish designs by Kay Hackett, the hand-carved, folk art designs were often based on eye-catching Pennsylvania Dutch motifs. Many designs were nature-based, such as Fruit, Garden Flower, Thistle, and Blueberry. The designs were hand-painted, making each piece of Stangl one of a kind. Over the years, Stangl continued to experiment with innovative glazing techniques, never becoming formulaic or routine. The sunny, fruity designs made every meal a cheerful, gracious, fun event for kitchens with Stangl dinnerware.
Stangl also made artware, giftware, lamps and charming birds. Unlike the hyper-realistic birds created by Trenton’s famous Boehm factory, Stangl birds were inspired by nature but were not necessarily faithful representations of real birds.
Largely due to the death of its owner and charismatic leader, Martin Stangl, Stangl Pottery closed in 1978.
Stangl is still considered very collectible today and the breadth of the Stangl lines is represented in the exhibit.