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The Robinson Ransbottom Pottery has been in operation since 1900 Its founders had close ties with the world famous art potteries of this early era the Weller and Roseville Potteries During the late 1890s Frank Ransbottom was one of the areas best known and most successful jobbers of the stoneware and earthenware products made in Roseville Crooksville and Saltillo The young Mr Ransbottom was born in 1872 started selling at an early age and succeeded so quickly that he formed his own company to distribute products made by both the small and large potteries of the area Frank established a thriving business and outstanding reputation Despite his success he lacked the control and security that only a captive source of supply could insure Then in the summer of 1900 Frank learned that the Oval Ware and Brick Company located in Beem City now Ironspot was for sale This was the opportunity he had been waiting for and he arranged a meeting with three of his brothers Ed Johnie and Mort to talk about forming a business The Ransbottom brothers enjoyed fine reputations in the growing pottery industry in southeastern Ohio Ed and Mort held important positions at the nationally famous Roseville Pottery founded by F G Young The Ransbottom brothers had learned about pottery making from their father Alfred a pioneer in the Ohio pottery industry Alfred had been actively engaged in pottery making before volunteering for service in the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War Following his discharge in 1865 he operated the Bluebird Potteries on farms in Perry and Muskingum Counties One of these was located just north of Roseville It was here that Alfred taught the age-old skills of pottery making to each of his sons
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