Born in Alsace-Lorraine in 1865, Fritz Wilhelm Albert immigrated to America and ultimately became one of the very finest designers of Teco Pottery. His designs have consistently brought significant sums at auction.
Albert worked under the employ of William Day Gates. In 1881, Gates founded the American Terra Cotta Tile and Ceramic Company in Terra Cotta, Illinois, close to Crystal Lake, about 50 miles northwest of Chicago. In addition to producing the first architectural terra cotta in America, especially for Prairie School building projects, Gates also developed various clays and glazes for art pottery.
Teco, which is a contraction of ‘Terra Cotta,’ soon became synonymous wit
... Displaying 750 of 1332 characters.