Russell

Stahl

RUSSELL STAHL

From the very beginning of the pottery revival, the brothers searched for someone to

learn the potter's tradition and carry on the craft. Children and particularly

grandchildren spent hours at the pottery watching, learning, and helping Tom and Isaac.

Isaac recorded his glaze formulas, his test firings and results, firing procedures and any

hints that might help the next generation of potters. Finally, after much persuasion and

the conclusion of World War II, Isaacís son, Russell, entered an apprenticeship at the

pottery. He worked side by side with his father until Isaac died in 1950. Russell

maintained the pottery sporadically for a few years after his father's death, and in 1956

the kiln was fired for the last time.

Russell expressed interest in rekindling the pottery in 1976 in conjunction with the

Bicentennial celebration. He gave pottery lessons during this time, and there are signed

and dated pottery items from that period. These pieces were fired in an electric kiln.

With his death in August of 1986, all activity at the pottery ceased.