Pottery collectors often focus on Brush/McCoy, Shawnee, Hull, etc.
One of the other potters from their era is Ungemach Pottery Co.
Many pieces are simply marked UPCO.
If you have found a piece of this pottery, but couldn't find out
much about it, then this guide was written just for you.
UPCO / Ungemach Pottery Company was located in Roseville, Ohio. Not to be confused with Roseville Pottery Co.
There were several potters located in the Roseville Ohio area. For instance, Robinson Ransbottom.
UPCO was just one of the potters located in Roseville, Ohio.
UPCO was founded by Fred Ungemach in 1937 and they were in business until 1984.
When he first began the business he called it SOUTH FORK POTTERY, but later, in 1942,
he changed it's name to "Ungemach Pottery Company".
One interesting fact is that he began his business in the remnants of the old building that was once
National Pottery Company. More buildings were added to his business as it grew.
UPCO made mostly garden items, floral items, and other decorative pottery.
Another interesting fact, During WWII, UPCO made planters for Walt Disney.
These are especially collectible.
In 1984 UPCO building and equipment was sold to TERRY ZAHN and became FRIENDSHIP POTTERY, thus the end of UPCO.
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