Friday, July 15, 2011

Teco me home

Teco (an abbreviation of TErra COtta) art pottery was originally produced in 1902 by the American Terra Cotta and Ceramics Company, located in Terra Cotta, Illinois. W. D. Gates founded the company making architectural terra cotta used in constructing fire-proof buildings following the Great Chicago Fire.  When work was slow, the company started producing a line of art pottery, becoming famous for their groundbreaking modern designs. There have been about 500 different Teco shapes. Gates himself designed about half of them, with other pieces created by such notable designers as Fritz Albert, William Mundie, Fernand Moreau and Frank Lloyd Wright. You can buy some breathtaking styles today from Prairie Arts and Room & Board.

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