Robert Hall, the founder of Hall China, died in 1904, just a year after forming the company in East Liverpool, Ohio. He built the business on the remains of the former East Liverpool Potteries Company, taking ownership of its plant as his share of the former company’s assets. After his death, his son Robert Taggert Hall took over management of the company, which is still in operation today under the management of the HLC group of companies that includes Homer Laughlin, Hall China and Kenilworth/RAK
Single-Fire Lead Free Glaze
Robert Taggert Hall was interested in reducing the time it takes to make china by finding a way to add the glaze during the first bisque firing instead of adding a second firing for the glaze. He realized that he needed to develop a lead-free glaze that could withstand the high temperatures of the bisque firing process. In 1910, the company was vandalized and its equipment was damaged, but a year later, with his partner Francis Simmers, he developed a glaze that was used in the bisque firing at 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. They successfully created a craze-proof, non-porous and strong pottery.
Commercial and Collectible Dinnerware
Until 1919, the company focused on making commercial dinnerware for hospitals, institutions and restaurants, which included teapots, coffee pots, coffee urn liners and casseroles, among other items. The company also produced decorated collectible china patterns on dinnerware; teapots, coffee pots and cookie jars, such as Autumn Leaf, Red Poppy, Crocus and Blue Blossom; among others, through the 1950s and beyond. Bought in 2010 by the HLC Companies, Hall China today produces a variety of specialty dinnerware that includes baking dishes, teapots, serviceware and table accessories.
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