Zanesville Swirlware Mystery
Creators:Murphy, James L., 1941-
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Citation:Murphy, James L. "Zanesville Swirlware Mystery." Journal of the American Art Pottery Association 16, n. 4 (2000): 6-7
Swirl or scroddled ware has a long history and is probably best known today by the popular and eminently collectible Niloak pottery. (Gifford - JAAPA Vol. 8, No. 1, Pgs. 12-13) presents a useful summary of other known U.S. manufacturers of swirl ware. With the exception of Weller’s Marbleized line, which is actually decorated with a swirled glaze rather than a swirled clay body, no true scroddled ware, in which multi-colored clays are used to create a swirled effect, is known to have been made in Zanesville, Ohio. Recently, however, a possible exception has been found in a northeastern Ohio antique mall. At first glance thought to be a piece of Niloak, this idea is belied by both an inkstamp and a paper label on the interior of the eight inch high lamp base.