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, Isaac’s 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.
Carrie Stahl Schultz and Russell Stahl, in front of kiln in 1985
Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society, Inc.
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