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Roseville Pottery - Middle Period
As the teens were winding down public tastes were changing. In addition, production costs had grown tremendously which made it difficult to compete with the less costly factory-produced ceramics. Most could not afford labor intensive wares and had to be satisfied with bright and comparatively inexpensive items available at the local flower-markets. In order to compete the American manufacturers began production of what should be called 'Industrial Art Ware'. This was not all bad as a group of very talanted designers were 'turned loose' to create. Much of the best Roseville Pottery was produced during the 1920's-1930's
Frank Ferrell was responsible for introduction of such patterns as Sunflower, Futura, Wisteria, Dahalrose, Ferella and more. He was also responsible for the design of Pinecone. He first started designing Pine Cone pieces while at Peters and Reed and the design was first rejected by Roseville. It was reconsidered 1935 and went on to be the most successful line produced. A few new shapes were added each year for 15 years and totaled 75. All shapes were produced in brown, blue and green.