Shawnee Pottery: Facts, Trivia and Collectibles
By Barbara Crews, About.com Guide
The Right Time for an American Pottery Company:
According to Shawnee Pottery
by Bev and Jim Mangus, the company apparently began operations at just the right time. In 1937 Americans were "beginning to feel hostility towards Germany and Japan and their imports. 'Buy American' campaigns were conducted". Thus laid the foundation for Shawnee to produce pottery and dinnerware for the United States.
The company was located in Zanesville, Ohio and advertised the company could produce 100,000 ceramic items per day.
Companies such as Woolworth, McCrory, S. S. Kresge and Sears Roebuck and Company all became customers/outlets for Shawnee Pottery, helping the fledgling company become established. The various companies supplied the designs for their products and promised to purchase them.