History of Canonsburg Pottery

By K. D. Wicks
A. Tressler

Canonsburg Pottery is dinnerware produced by a now-defunct company in Pennsylvania. Because new pieces are no longer being produced, collectors must go to private owners or companies that specialize in replacement china.

Origin

The company was founded in 1900 as the Canonsburg China Company by John George. In 1909, the name was changed to Canonsburg Pottery Company.

Location

The company produced its pottery in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, a borough south of Pittsburgh. The town is the former home to a radium refining mill and was once visited by Marie Curie.

Family Ties

W.S. George, uncle to Canonsburg Pottery Co. founder John George, also headed an American china company. Canonsburg was also the location of a W.S. George Pottery Company plant.

Closing

The company remained in the George family until 1975, when it was sold to Angelo Falconi. It closed in 1978.

Notoriety

Canonsburg Pottery is perhaps best known for its decaled dinnerware. Many product lines, such as the "Wild Clover" items, featured floral motifs.

Steubenville Pottery

When Steubenville Pottery Company closed in 1959, its equipment and molds were sold to Canonsburg Pottery. In the 1960s, two popular patterns were sold under the Steubenville name but produced by Canonsburg.

About the Author

K. D. Wicks is a communications professional with experience in writing, editing and design in academia, marketing, and print and digital media. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, encompassing public relations, journalism, advertising and speech.