Gracetone Terrier # 205: The Grace of Gracetone

Gracetone Terrier #205: The Grace of Gracetone

by Steve Hyde

Synar Ceramics was purchased by John Frank in 1958 and renamed Gracetone Pottery in 1959 after his wife, Grace Lee. Frankoma’s Large Terrier #148 was in production from about 1935 to 1938; Gracetone Terrier #205 was in production from 1959 – 1962. Both stand about 5 1/4″ tall. The best way to tell them apart is by examining the clay and/or glaze. Gracetone gradually went from the white Synar clay to the Frankoma red Sapulpa clay. The Gracetone colors were different from those used by Frankoma. This piece is Gracetone/Synar because both the glaze and clay are white. The white glaze is called Satin White.









“My wife Wilma and I live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with our two boys, Steven and Derek. I have lived in the Oklahoma City metro area all my life and started collecting Frankoma about 30 years ago. It all started with Frankoma Christmas cards when my mother was getting rid of some things from my grandparents’ house, Bill and Anna Brown, owners of Brown’s Bakery in OKC. Frankoma was sold there in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

“Research provided by several Facebook friends and Phyllis & Tom Bess’ Frankoma & Other Oklahoma Potteries, Schiffer Book for Collectors, Third Edition.”

–Steve Hyde



This Gracetone #206 Hound in light-red (transitional) Sapulpa clay and Woodpine color was found in Springfield, Missouri, in 2010. It had been spray-painted gold. It was restored the same year by Frog Pond Antiques. Courtesy of the Wickham-Malone Collection.





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