WHY BURLEY CLAY POTS?

WHY BURLEY CLAY POTS?

(Part two of a two-part series)

Why not? Burley Clay pottery is American made. It is made in Ohio. It is handmade by talented artisans whose skills have been passed from generation to generation. Generations of families that have been born and raised in Eastern Ohio.

Burley Clay Products Are Handmade

Eastern Ohio’s uniquely rich natural resources – clay, sand, and iron – once made Muskingum County part of the “Pottery Capital of the World.”  Between 1810 and 1967, hundreds of potteries called Ohio home. Beginning in 1923, so did the Burley Clay Products Company. Over the years, potteries thrived by supplying farmers with affordable stoneware crocks and jugs.

Burley Clay Products utilize several different production methods to produce our stoneware. From high-tech hydraulic and ram presses to the craftsmanship required in jiggering and casting. We carefully clean and mix our clay blends at a perfect consistency specific to each production method. Certain production methods require a thicker, more solid clay, while others demand a thinner, more liquid clay. Our production methods differ significantly but we share an emphasis on quality, efficiency, craftsmanship, and attention to detail.

One of the methods we employ is the rarely used art of jiggering. Jiggering, considered to be a handmade process, is centuries old, and is like using a pottery wheel. It is a mechanical adaptation used when duplicating several like items. We use the jiggering process to produce our birdbaths, pedestals, and garden planters. The expertly trained jiggerman places a plaster mold inside a large steel drum, adds a predetermined amount of clay inside the mold, and spins the steel drum. As the clay begins to dry, the plaster mold draws the water away from the clay, releasing the clay from the mold. The ware is then removed from the mold and the rough edges are trimmed.

Jiggering is an acquired skill requiring years of apprenticeship. This skill is usually passed down through family members who have worked in potteries for generations. Our products are hand-decorated by skilled artisans, making each unique, and creating pottery that is in great demand.

That’s why Burley Clay Pots!

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR HOME – BURLEY CLAY PRODUCTS

Burley Clay Products is proud to offer beautiful, American-made products. Currently our products are sold in lawn and garden stores, nurseries, specialty birding stores, and hardware stores across the United States and Canada. We also offer our products through our online store, Burley Pottery Online at burleyclaystore.com or our walk-in store, Burley Clay Pottery Store located at 455 Gordon Street Roseville, Ohio. Call us 740-697-0221.

WHY BURLEY CLAY POTS?

WHY BURLEY CLAY POTS?
(Part one of a two-part series)

Why not? Burley Clay pottery is American made. It is made in Ohio. It is hand made by talented artisans whose skills have been passed from generation to generation. Generations of families that have been born and raised in Eastern Ohio.

Some History
Eastern and Southeastern Ohio is rich in clay, and its pottery history dates to Native Americans, the original inhabitants of the Ohio Country.  From 1840 to about 1967, hundreds of great American potteries were producing wares in Ohio. Some of those being Weller, McCoy, Hull, and Roseville. In 1840, clay, particularly suited for making yellow ware, was discovered along the Ohio River banks by James Bennett, an Englishman.  Homer Laughlin introduced white ware to the American public in 1872. More than 50% of the ceramics produced in America between 1840 and 1930 were manufactured by Ohio potteries. The two most prominent areas being East Liverpool, often called the “Pottery Capital of the World,” and the areas around Roseville, Zanesville, and Crooksville. McCoy, Weller, and Roseville potteries in Eastern Ohio established themselves as successful businesses and the area eventually became known as the “Pottery Belt” and “Clay Corridor.”

east liverpool
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crooksville

In 1893, the Arts and Crafts Movement began to influence the pottery industry in Ohio. Many potteries began to create art pottery as well as their home use jugs and crocks. After the turn of the century, Ohio became a leader in art pottery production. However, after World War II, and the introduction of foreign competitor’s products, most of these Ohio companies closed their doors.

In 1923, Zane W. Burley and his brother, Dr. Samuel V. Burley founded the Burley Clay Products Company. Prior to that founding, several members of the Burley family were involved in the pottery business. Stoneware crocks and jugs for home use were the original items of manufacture. Since 1933, Burley Clay’s production began to focus on more decorative products for the garden such as bird baths and planters.

Burley Clay Products formed a marketing alliance with The Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Company in 1996. Under this special alliance, Burley produced nearly all the birdbaths and pedestals sold under the Robinson Ransbottom brand from 1996 until 2002. In 2003, the Burley name became forefront in the lawn and garden market with a new custom designed line of birdbaths and garden planters. Robinson Ransbottom ceased operations in 2005. Today, Burley Clay pottery is the only American made, handmade stoneware manufacturer of garden pottery operating in Southeastern Ohio.

Pottery has a long and rich history in the Eastern and Southeastern areas of Ohio. Sadly, with the influx of imported goods, many potteries have closed. Burley Clay pottery has remained strong by watching trends and changing as consumer’s tastes change. Today’s consumer knows that American-made means quality and value. Recently, the Burley Pottery team decided to ground themselves and refocus on their strength – the manufacture of unique, handmade, American made pottery.

That’s why Burley Clay Pots!

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR HOME – BURLEY CLAY PRODUCTS

Burley Clay Products is proud to offer beautiful, American-made products. Currently our products are sold in lawn and garden stores, nurseries, specialty birding stores, and hardware stores across the United States and Canada. We also offer our products through our online store, Burley Pottery Online at burleyclaystore.com or our walk-in store, Burley Clay Pottery Store located at 455 Gordon Street Roseville, Ohio. Call us 740-697-0221.

Easy Peasy Plants to Grow Indoors

Easy Peasy Plants to Grow Indoors

Don’t really have a green thumb? Try one or more of the best plants to grow indoors. And no matter what color, shape or size your plant is, it will always look good in a Burley Clay Pot! Indoor plants or houseplants, as some call them, will add a bit of color and nature to your indoor environment. They are typically easy to care for, need bright but indirect light, and need to be watered when their soil is dry to the touch. Many houseplants are air purifiers or have healing qualities. Try one of these easy to grow houseplants. They are pretty and will make you happy!

Aloe Vera

Easy to grow. Likes warm air. Indirect light. Water when soil is dry. Has medicinal qualities.

Snake Plant 

Perfect indoor plant. Low maintenance. Low level light needed. Almost never needs water. Removes toxins from the air.

Staghorn Fern

An unusual looking plant. Low to medium light. Moderate moisture. Usually grown in a vertical position attached to a piece of wood or in a basket. 

Bromeliad

Very colorful leaves and long-lasting inflorescence (bloom). Prefers a shady spot and likes the humidity of the bathroom. Water when soil looks very dry.

Succulents

A desert plant. Comes in all shapes and sizes. Needs bright, indirect light. Does not require much water.

Zebra Plant

A rain forest tropical. Has colorful leaves. Likes a high level of humidity. Be careful not to over water.

Spider Plant 

An easy to grow tropical. Requires bright light. Likes humidity. Keep out of the cold. Makes a nice hanging plant. Improves the indoor air quality.

Peace Lily 

Very easy to grow. Great choice for home or office. Medium to low light. Amount of light determines the number of flowers. Improves air quality. Take care not to over water.

Our Burley indoor planters are great containers for your houseplants. We have a wide variety of styles and colors that fit any décor. You can find planters and pots in our online store, Burley Pottery Online, at burleyclaystore.com or at the Burley Clay Pottery Store, our walk-in store, located at 455 Gordon Street, Roseville, Oh 43777. Call us at 740-429-2529.

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR HOME – UNMISTAKABLY BURLEY

Why grow plants indoors?

 Why grow plants indoors?

And why not put your plants in a Burley Clay Pottery pot!

We love plants at Burley Clay Pottery! It doesn’t matter how big or small, whether it hangs and drapes, or stands up straight and tall; Burley Clay pots can handle almost any plant of any size. There are lots of plants that can be grown inside.

Do you like to cook? Herbs grow very nicely in the kitchen and there is nothing like adding fresh herbs to your favorite recipe. Basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, cilantro, and parsley are some of the easiest herbs to grow in your kitchen window or under a grow light. Croistini wouldn’t taste right without basil nor would pizza without oregano. Rosemary and thyme are great herbs for chicken; and cilantro, chive, and parsley are wonderful additions to any Mexican dish. Many of us have added fresh mint leaves to our iced tea but have you ever tried steeping fresh mint for hot tea? Delicious!

Burley Clay pots come in many colors, sizes, and will fit any decor.Our favorite pots for an indoor herb garden are our Color Me Bright Pots with attached saucer. Other choices might be a Small Banded Cylinder, a Medium Welsh Pot or the Just Sayings pots. It’s best to plant each herb in it’s own pot. Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, thyme, and oregano like free-draining soil and careful watering whereas basil likes to be constantly moist.

When the winter months have passed, take your herbs outside. It will surely be time to repot them and let them stretch! Burley Clay has some really great patio planters! Check us out at Burley Pottery Online @ www.burleyclaystore.com.

FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR HOME — UNMISTAKABLY BURLEY

Banded Cylander
Just Saying