Stoneware Pottery Birdbaths & Planters
Since 1923, Burley Clay Product’s has manufactured beautiful, handmade pottery birdbaths and planters in Roseville, Ohio. Our products are sold by fine, independent garden centers, nurseries and birding stores across the United States.
Custom American Made Pottery
-- For those looking for a source for custom American made pottery Burley Clay Products has the capability. Requests must be accompanied by designs with dimensions. Depending on the size and shape of the product there will be minimum quantities required. Burley Clay manufactures pottery using two different methods, jiggering or ram pressing. Jiggered products can only be round in shape; while ram pressed items can be square, rectangular, flat, round or asymmetrical in shape. Lead times will vary depending upon the time of year the product is needed. Call Burley Clay Products toll free at 866-429-2529 for additional information.
90 Year Old Kiln Firing Again
Over the last 6 months Burley has tirelessly worked to bring back to life a kiln from the 1930’s, known as the “Cadillac of Kilns”. The Allied Kiln was originally built for Nelson McCoy Pottery. McCoy used this kiln for decades until they closed their doors in 1990. The kiln, sitting silently in the back of what is now Burley Clay, has waited for its day to shine once again and produce beautiful ceramic products.
The Allied Kiln is a massive circular kiln that operates 24/7, continuously and slowly moving forward on a track firing stoneware as it goes. Each one of the 22 cars takes 44 hours to come full circle back to where it started through a round tunnel. Right now, Burley is averaging about 5000 pieces of pottery a week from this kiln with plans to increase the speed in order to increase amount of fired pottery.
Burley is the largest producer of stoneware birdbaths and planters in the US. While pottery trends have changed and shifted over the years, we are seeing a dramatic increase in demand for quality handmade products that are made right here in the USA. With the pandemic outbreak, the garden industry has experienced a huge shift to gardens and greenspaces both indoors and out, presenting Burley with the opportunity to produce private label planters exclusively for STUMP and Greendigs companies.
Brothers, Zane and Dr. Samuel Burley, founded the Burley Clay Products Company in 1923. Originally, the company produced large stoneware crocks and jugs for home use. Since 1933, the company has focused on the production of garden pottery and birdbaths.
Burley Clay Products is located in Roseville, Ohio. Our garden products are manufactured using a unique blend of the finest clay from our southeastern Ohio company-Burley Clay Productsowned mines. This area is world famous for its stoneware clay, and our mixes produce the strongest, most attractive stoneware available in the world. Many famous pottery factories were once located in this area - Nelson McCoy, Friendship, Roseville, Zanesville, Brush, Hull, and Watt. Today, Burley is the only stoneware manufacturer of garden pottery remaining in operation in our area.
In 1996, Burley formed a marketing alliance with another local pottery, The Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Company. Under this special alliance Burley produced nearly all of the birdbaths and pedestals sold under the Robinson Ransbottom brand from 1996 until 2002. In 2003, the Burley name re-entered the lawn and garden market with a new custom designed line of birdbaths and garden planters.
Burley Clay utilizes several different production methods to produce our stoneware. From high-tech hydraulic and ram presses to the craftsmanship required in jiggering and casting, our production methods differ significantly but share certain features – an emphasis on quality, efficiency, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. Certain production methods require thicker, more solid clay, while others demand a thinner, more liquid consistency. Our processes carefully clean and mix the clay blend at a perfect consistency specific to each production method.
Burley Clay ProductsOne of the methods we employ today is a rarely found "lost art" form known as jiggering. This means of production is an old-fashioned, hand-made process we use to create several of our larger items, such as birdbaths, pedestals and planters. In this process, the jiggerman places a plaster mold inside a spinning steel drum; then adds an estimated amount of clay inside of the mold determined by the size of the piece to be manufactured.
As the clay begins to dry, the plaster mold draws the water away from the clay, releasing the clay from the mold. The ware is then removed from the mold and the rough edges are trimmed. This acquired skill requires years of apprenticeship and is usually passed down to family members who have worked in area potteries for generations. Our artisans hand-decorate all of our products, creating pottery that is in great demand throughout the United States and Canada.
Burley Clay Products is proud to offer beautiful, American-made products. Currently our products are sold in lawn and garden stores, nurseries, specialty birding stores, and hardware stores across the United States and Canada.