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In August, 2008, Joe Ragosta bought Frankoma from Det and Crystal Merryman who had purchased it in 2005.
This practical earthenware, known for its terra cotta look and colorful glazing, has gradually taken its place in the realm of serious collectibles.The limited editions and all wares with a Southwestern theme are becoming increasingly popular.Also collectible are the political mugs, bicentennial plates, ceramic Christmas cards, Teenagers of the Bible plates, and the Wildlife series.Frankoma Pottery closed and shut down its operation on December 31, 2004.Although as a collectible, Frankoma Pottery is always in demand, the plant struggled in recent years to increase sales of its new products and was unable to remain profitable.Basically, he wants to build on the past with updated designs and colors.
His purchase includes the factory, showroom, seven acres of property and the Frankoma brand.Frankoma has enjoyed increased publicity from exposure on various television shows, by Martha Stewart's personal collection, in antique and collectible malls throughout the United States and on online auctions.The pottery is still affordable and is both visually pleasing and functional.Even though they attempted to create beautiful things that the average person could afford, the business struggled as pottery wasn't received well in the Depression years.Enticed by the Chamber of Commerce, they moved the entire operation to Sapulpa, Oklahoma in 1938.John Nathaniel Frank, a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and a ceramics professor at the University of Oklahoma, established the then-called Frank Potteries in a small studio in his home in Norman.