McCoy Pottery

The “Picture Gallery” presents an example of the type of pieces that are in the various pottery lines produced by the Nelson McCoy Pottery in chronological order. While each piece in the different lines is not shown, the examples given serve as an aid in identifying the name of the line that a particular piece of pottery is associated. The Nelson McCoy Pottery assigned most of the line names, however, over the years, collectors have assigned a few of the names, and they are included here.

Along with the pictures are the line names and the introductory date of the line. The production of some lines continued for many years, while other lines lasted only for a short time, some less than a year. Therefore, the date shown is the initial issue date and it may not be the precise date of issue of all similar pieces.

The gallery consists of about 110 different lines, and these lines contain many different pieces. In addition to these pieces, the pottery produced a very large number of other individual pieces. These individual pieces were not associated with a particular line, and so are not included here.

Also presented is a list of the initially produced glaze colors for each line. The glaze colors of some lines did not change throughout the lifetime of the line. However, the glaze colors of some pieces in other lines did change in subsequent years. Some of the originally issued colors became no longer available, and new colors usually replaced them.

The design on, or shape of, a particular piece by itself does not always indicate the line to which the piece belongs. At times, the pottery decided to re-issue pieces with a particular design or shape as individual pieces, or they were included in a different line. These pieces typically have a different glaze color from the original, and in such cases where a piece is included in a line different from the original line, the glaze color determines the line to which the piece belongs.

The Society hopes that you find that the pictures and information presented here is informative, and that they serve as an aid in identifying those unfamiliar pieces.

A special thank you goes to Craig Nissen for his kind assistance in providing some pictures of lines included in this gallery.

Gallery of the Nelson McCoy Pottery Lines

List of the Pottery Lines with the Colors Initially Produced