Nemadji Pottery was a ceramic company that was based in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota.
History & Description
Despite being labelled as “Indian” pottery, the company’s products have never been made by Native Americans, nor does it have any connections with the indigenous Ojibway tribe. Instead, the company was actually established by Scandinavian immigrants who founded the company in 1923 in Moose Lake. The pottery was initially made from clay dug from the banks of the nearby Nemadji River, thus the name.
As well as producing floor tiles for distribution throughout the United States, Nemadji Pottery also produced decorative items intended primarily for the tourist trade. Due to the methods and techniques that were used for the colouring, it is stated that no two pieces of Nemadji Pottery are the same.
After almost eight decades in operation, Nemadji Pottery closed down in 2002.
Guide for collectors
In recent years, Nemadji Pottery products have become increasingly popular collectors' items. This is due to their aesthetic qualities and originality. Furthermore, Nemadji Pottery products are also relatively inexpensive and individual pieces are commonly sold for less than $35 at auction. The most valuable examples are lots that feature several examples of Nemadji Pottery products.
For more information, collectors should visit the following websites; Studio Pottery and Life 123.
For more information, collectors should read, "The Myth and Magic of nemadji Indian Pottery" written by Michelle Lee.
Notable auction sales
On April 30th 2011 at Saco River Auction in Biddeford, Maine, an eleven piece lot of Nemadji Pottery realised a price of $175.
On February 18th 2012 at Saco River Auction in Biddeford, Maine, a six piece lot of Nemadji Pottery realised a price of $100.
On September 27th 2009 at St. Charles Gallery, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana, a group of three Nemadji Pottery vases realised a price of $100.
On April 26th 2007 at Showplace Antique & Design Centre in New York, a Nemadji Pottery jug, in excellent condition, realised a price of $80.
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