A true mark of midwestern midcentury style. The name “Frankoma” comes from a portmanteau of the founder’s last name—John Frank—and the last three letters of where the pottery was made—Oklahoma.
Frankoma Pottery created dinnerware, utilitarian and decorative kitchenware, figurines, flowerpots, and limited edition and commemorative pieces beginning in 1934 until the last molds were sold at auction in 2011.
In the mid-fifties the company switched to the red-brick colored Sapulpa firing clay which gave the pottery a unique look of older terra cotta. Due to the color changes of the clay the final coloring and vivid glazes of his pieces also changed because the glazes used rutile, a mineral containing titanium dioxide, which allows the color of the clay to partially show through.
Iconic and collectible lines include Lazybones, Mayan-Aztec, Oklahoma Plainsman, Wagon Wheel, and Westwind. Most pieces are known for their distinctive glazes.
Many Frankoma glazes have names relating to nature: Prairie Green, Desert Gold, Sky Blue, Autumn Yellow, Brown Satin, Flame, Redbud, Peach Glow, Robin Egg Blue, White Sand and Woodland Moss.
The early wares, especially those made with Ada clay and marked with a “pacing leopard” (1936-38), are highly sought by collectors. The limited editions and all wares with a Southwestern theme are becoming increasingly popular. Look on the bottom to find a number that coordinates with the year the piece was made to learn a little more history.
Beautiful and functional, with distinctive clean lines, Frankoma is a great addition to any midcentury home—from craftsman to modern, machine age to cottage. We’ve just brought a collection in-store so stop by and find something you’ll treasure forever!