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Larsen Family Collection of Dorchester Pottery, circa 1900-1979. | UMass Boston Digital Archives

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Brief Description: The Larsen Family Collection consists of 723 pieces of pottery produced by the Dorchester Pottery Works. It contains examples of both the decorated and industrial ware created by the pottery in its one hundred year history in Dorchester.

Biographical Note: The Dorchester Pottery Works was established in 1885 by master potter George Henderson, and remained a family-run business under Henderson family ownership, until it closed in 1979. In its early years the firm produced many items for farm and factory use, including pitchers and jugs, jewelers' jars, shellac jars, and bean pots. After World War II the pottery works began shifting to decorated tableware until, by the 1960s, such items constituted the entire production. Over the years, Dorchester Pottery has become prized by collectors. The designs are very traditional, including pinecones, blueberry, scrolls, and ships. Much of the tableware is signed by the potter and decorator. Designs were done primarily in cobalt blue and white.