Pigeon Forge Pottery Oil Lamp with Wick – #1083 – Spectacular vintage condition in a Pigeon Forge Pottery shape very difficult to find! The lamp was turned by hand on the potter’s wheel and signed B. Smelcer. Click each image to enlarge. Free of chips, cracks, and crazing. Even though one wick end has been burned, there is no evidence of use with oil. We believe the wick holder is glass. Measures 4.25-inches in height and 2.75 inches across the bottom of the base. The logo is hand-incised B. Smelcer, Pigeon Forge Pottery, Tenn. Unusual and, within our experience, difficult to find!
In addition to the Pigeon Forge Pottery Oil Lamp
shown here, Pigeon Forge Pottery produced an incredible selection of wheel-turned and molded art pottery and tableware. The designs and colors celebrate the mountains. Beginning in 1946, Founder Douglas Ferguson (and other potters) produced black bear and other animal figures and as well as hand painted dogwood items. These items traveled far and wide as folks returned home from vacations in the Smoky Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Owls, raccoon, birds, field mice, chipmunk and frogs are also among the woodland inspired shapes made by Pigeon Forge Pottery. In addition, square tiles with quilt block designs as well as round tiles and coasters with woodland and folk art designs were made. Production ceased in 2000, following the death of owner-founder, Douglas Ferguson, thus Pigeon Forge Pottery has become highly sought after by collectors. Ferguson, in his later years, was internationally known for his development and application of beautiful glazes.