New Fulper PotteryBy Mark Chervenka
New Fulper Pottery
Original Fulper pottery was made by Fulper Pottery of Flemington, New Jersey. This firm was started in the early 1800s but is best known for its Arts and Craft styled art pottery produced ca. 1909-1930. In 1930, former Fulper superintendent J. Martin Stangl bought Fulper Pottery and shifted the emphasis from art pottery to dinnerware and began marking pieces "Stangl". Original Fulper Pottery marks are shown in Fig. 3.
In 1984, four grand-daughters of William Hill Fulper II, "rediscovered" their grand father's secret book of glaze formulas in the attic of the family home. The granddaughters started a new pottery they called Fulper Glazes, Inc. located in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Their goal was to produce pottery similar to Fulper Pottery originals. All Fulper Glazes, Inc. ware was marked "Fulper Tile," not Fulper Glazes. The Fulper Tile mark is shown Fig. 2. This mark should not be confused with the rounded mark of the original Fulper Pottery shown in Fig. 3.
Fulper Glaze Inc. specialized in architectural tile but also made art tiles and lamps in limited quantities. The company produced twelve different standard glazes available in crystalline, mirror and matte finishes. Names for many of the modern glazes were taken from original Fulper Pottery glaze names such as Chinese Blue, Leopard Skin, and Elephants Breath. New tiles were made with a stoneware body then single fired. Brochure photos showed the new tiles installed in countertops, floors and fireplaces.
The artichoke lamp was available in all 12 glazes. Each is marked with the Fulper Tile logo and dated. A parchment shade in the Arts and Craft style was also available with or without a hand stencilled pattern. Lamps came complete with brass fittings which included a cap, double sockets with pull chain switch, finial and adjustable neck. The lamp cord was covered with brown fabric similar to period wiring.
Fulper Glazes went out of business in 2001 and the remaining stock was liquidated.
The artichoke lamps retailed for $950; 4-inch tiles averaged $6.