In 1976, Haeger Potteries set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hand-thrown vase. It stood more than eight feet tall and weighed over 650 pounds. Now, this colossal vase will be sold at auction as part of the Haeger Potteries Collection, February 24, 2017.
After 145 years of providing innovative ceramic products and becoming the best-selling artware company in America, Haeger Potteries and the Haeger Pottery Museum officially closed their doors in 2016.
But the company’s legacy is rich with historic moments. Their initial success came from manufacturing bricks that would rebuild the city after the great Chicago fire. During the 1934 Chicago’s World Fair, Haeger Potteries constructed a state-of-the-art pottery factory where they demonstrated both ancient and modern pottery techniques. They employed some of pottery’s best known designers of the 20th century, including Royal Hickman, Eric Olsen, Sebastiano Maglio and Harding Black. All the while, they retained family ownership and kept products American made.