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Illinois Art Exhibit @ the Governor's Mansion

Posted on July 12, 2018 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello,

Western Stoneware has loaned several Eva Zeisel pieces to the Illinois Art Exhibit at the Governor's Mansion.  The items will be on display for one year.  Check the top of the staircase.

The exhibit opens and Mansion opens,  Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 am. 

Go tour the mansion and look for our pottery at the top of the stairs.


Western Stoneware has been asked to present our pottery's history in a session there sometime in the futur...

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Clue 2 in guess the gadget

Posted on September 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (2)

Clue #1&2 in Guess the Gadget

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Clue #1: Clay has been used successfully as an absorbent medium for decades.

Clue #2: It is a toxic liquid that almost everyone uses in some form or another everyday. This clay filter will reduce the amount of bio hazard for our environment.



In the mid-60's Western Stoneware explored possible ceramic uses for c...

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Clue #1 in Guess the Gadget

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Clue #1: Clay has been used successfully as an absorbent medium for decades.


In the mid-60's Western Stoneware explored possible ceramic uses for chemical absorbency.

Send your guess to our email: [email protected] Guess as many times as you like.  One speckle spattered brown cereal bowl will go to the one who guesses first. In the event of of tie, winner will be selected by drawing.

Because we haven't received and guesses ...

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Guess the new Gagdet's function contest

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

What do you think these are for?  The one on your left is a the larger version and right one is a smaller version.   Send your guess to our email: [email protected]  Guess as many times as you like.  I will post new clues throughout the contest periodically.  One speckle spattered brown cereal bowl will go to the one who guesses first...

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Rare finds at Goodwill

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Few WSCo containers hold as much fascination as one of the two in this post.  Usually a bean pot is just anohter bean pot and a crock is just another crock, much like Tupperware is today.  Oh, they may come in various sizes and colors, but they were owned by everyone and used for food storage.

Over the weekend a friend was shopping at a Goodwill store and shared her rare finds with WSCo.   Not just any bean pot, the kettle bean pot with a metal handle.   She located ...

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Ladwig/Wade Collection Donated

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

've posted the collection before, but here is the official press release.

Ladwig/Wade Collection Donated to WIU Libraries' Archives Chronicles Family Divided by World War II

November 7, 2016


The collection of more than 300 photos and images features historical military photos from WWI and WWII, as well as images of individuals in the British Women's Land Army.

MACOMB, IL — It's a tale of a German family divided by World War IIR...

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Family Photos and other items Online @WIU

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, we donated our family photos to Western Illinois University. 

There are 9 folders in the collection spanning Pre-WWI through the 70s.   The Wade family currently owns WSCo.The family has always been involved with WSCo as Gene Wade (later an owner) began working there on a GI grant.  Ursel usually worked in the office.  Our parents first met at WSCo.  Folder 9 which contains Holocaust documents will be up soon.


You may view the entire ...

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