Hyalyn: America’s Finest Porcelain

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H. Leslie Moody and Frances Johnson Moody never owned the company outright, but their dreams shaped North Carolina’s Hyalyn Porcelain, Inc. and drove it forward to the satisfaction of an emerging, increasingly modern post-World War II America. Hyalyn’s reputation for high quality led to its association with top designers like Michael and Rosemary Lax, Eva Zeisel, Georges Briard, Charles Leslie Fordyce, Herbert Cohen, Erwin Kalla, and Esta Brodey. Before moving to North Carolina in 1945, ceramic engineer and designer Less Moody prepared to organize and operate Hyalyn Porcelain, Inc. From Zanesville’s Mosaic Tile Company, Ohio State University’s ceramics department, Love Field Pottery, Abingdon Pottery, San José Potteries, and Rookwood Pottery, he gained expertise in clay formulation, glaze chemistry, product design, plant operation, project planning, advertising, and employee management. With the aid of investors, his dream came true when, in 1946, Hyalyn’s first lamp bases and flower containers emerged from the shop’s tunnel kiln. Thoroughly documented and illustrated with 425 images, hyalyn: America’s Finest Porcelain is a complete history of Hyalyn Porcelain, Inc., and its successors, Hyalyn Cosco, Hyalyn, Ltd., and Vanguard Studios.
ISBN: 9781634993449
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: North Carolina
Series: America Through Time
Images: 425
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
STEPHEN C. COMPTON is an avid collector of eighteenth-to-twentieth-century North Carolina-made ceramics. His eight books and numerous articles about it include It’s Just Dirt! The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina’s Seagrove Region (Fonthill Media, 2014), Jugtown Pottery –1917-2017: A Century of Art and Craft in Clay (John F. Blair, Publisher, 2017), and North Carolina’s Moravian Potters: The Art and Mystery of Pottery-Making in Wachovia (Fonthill Media, 2019). Compton is frequently called upon as a lecturer and exhibit curator. He once served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center and co-founded the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild.
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