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 Walter A. Weldon  (1890 - )

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Lived/Active: Maryland      Known for: industrial ceramics, pottery

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BIOGRAPHY for Walter Weldon
1890 (Rochester, New York)

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The following information was submitted by David Neil Adams. It is a biography published in The Potter's Corner, a publication by Locke Insulators, of which Walter Weldon was a contributor.

"Walter Weldon has traversed the field of ceramics many times in his life.  His name appeared among the list of leading contemporary art potters.  He knows and loves his work as only a man can who has risen from a brick-yard boy in the '90's to his present place as an expert representing one of the greatest makers of porcelain for industry.  His work has also been his hobby, and he is known internationally for his achievements, both in art and in industry.

As a boy, he joined an archeological group working near his home in the vicinity of Rochester, New York. His early acquaintance with Native American pottery was followed by his association, in 1918, with Fred M. Locke who originated the wet process porcelain insulator.

Mr. Weldon came to Baltimore when the Locke plant was located here in 1921, and has held positions of increasing responsibility with the Locke organization, beginning with production supervision, plant superintendent, ceramic research laboratory and, currently, an advisory position on the staff of the manager of manufacturing.

While making industrial ceramic history, he was also compiling recognition as an individual potter through his work done in his laboratory at home.  He accumulated a museum of rare porcelain pieces which attracts visitors with his same interests from around the world. His library of ceramic literature and drawings accumulated through the years have been a source of much personal satisfaction.

His porcelain has been exhibited in art museums across the country, including the Metropolitan, and also at the San Francisco and New York World's Fairs. Mr. Weldon has given much of his time to the teaching of his craft to beginners in the field, and was instrumental in setting up small potteries in a number of hospitals where the work has had great value as therapy.

He is listed in Who's Who in Art and was made a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society for his work in problems dealing with design. Mr. Weldon was the first American to become a member of the Ceramic Society of India.  He is also an Honorary Member of the Kiln Club of Washington, D.C.

British Ceramics and a number of museum publications mention his work in porcelain. Mr. Weldon's work in sponsoring the publication of the works of Piccalpasso, an early Italian potter, was a typical endeavor which brought acclaim both here and abroad.

Mr. Weldon has no thought of retiring, in the usual sense of the word, from his work in pottery.  His present writings are only the beginning of what he some day plans as a contribution to ceramic literature of the the wet process insulator field.

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