Creek Indian Nation Spongeware Pitcher Checotah, OK 1970-1976 – Primping Your Home

Creek Indian Nation Spongeware Pitcher Checotah, OK 1970-1976

Creek Indian Nation Spongeware Pitcher Checotah, OK 1970-1976
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This spongeware pitcher has a fascinating history. According to the book "Frankoma and Other Oklahoma Potteries" by Phyllis and Tom Bess, the Creek Indian Nation of Oklahoma started making 'Creek Pottery' to help reduce unemployment among their people. Chief Waldo Emerson "Dode" McIntosh asked his friend John Frank, founder and owner of Frankoma Pottery, for assistance. Mr. Frank started training Creek Indians to make pottery in 1970. He donated equipment, materials and staff to help them. In return, he was made an Honorary Creek Chief for life. The Creek plant, separate from the Frankoma operation, had a staff of about fifteen people and closed in early 1976. The pottery will always have 'CREEK' and the 'TEEPEE' mark on the bottom, both of which this piece has.

The pitcher has a lovely sponged and dripped caramel/brown glaze over a squat, beige clay body, covered inside and out with a glossy clear glaze (even the bottom). It's fine for holding liquids, with about a 32 ounce capacity. Measurements are 4 1/2 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches from spout to handle across the top and a 5 inch diameter base. It's sturdy pottery, weighing 1 3/4 pounds. There are some glaze skips, one on the rim and some on the bottom and a few tiny rough spots on the rim. Otherwise, the pitcher's in excellent condition, without even any crazing.

Given the short production time of this pottery, this handsome pitcher is one of a very limited number of existing pieces.

© Linda Henrich

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