Rhead, Frederick Hurten

Rhead, Frederick Hurten

(1880–1942) potter; born in Hanley, Staffordshire, England. A descendant of six generations of potters, he emigrated to the U.S.A. (1902) to work as a designer at Weller Pottery and Roseville Pottery. After teaching at University City Pottery and Arequipa Pottery, he opened Rhead Pottery in Santa Barbara, Calif. (1913). In 1927 he joined the Homer Laughlin China Company, West Virgina, as art director. There he created the art deco line of dishware, Fiestaware.
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