Welcome to the Dancing Bear. We are located in historical downtown Sturgeon Bay, the heart of Door County, Wisconsin. We carry a charming array of fine gifts and collectables, including such sought after lines as M.A. Hadley Pottery, Steiff Plush Toys, the new MOGO (we just click) line and so much more!
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M.A. Hadley Pottery
The Dancing Bear is dedicated to offering you the best selection of Hadley Pottery you'll find anywhere. Call us for our complete inventory. 920.746.5223
Hadley Pottery had its inception early in 1940. At that time, M.A. (Mary Alice) Hadley applied her artistic talents to the making of a custom set of dishes for a cruiser that the Hadley's had on the Ohio River. The pottery for the boat caused much favorable comment from all who saw it and led to many requests for similar pieces. The supplying of those early orders apparently gave wide circulation to the ware because orders soon began to come in from all parts of the country.
All of the Hadley designs were created or suggested by M.A. Hadley and are painted completely free-hand on each piece. The Hadley designs are unique in their originality and have been so well received as to be simulated by several other potter makers.
The Hadley ware has a modified stoneware body, similar to ironstone, is made of native clays and is very durable. The decoration is applied directly on the green or unfired clay shapes which in turn are coated with a porcelain-like glaze by dipping or spraying. Hence the term "underglaze decoration." The pottery is fired only one time; and this single fire process produces ware with a maximum bond between the body, decoration and glaze, with the result that the decoration is as permanent as the piece.
The high firing temperature of Hadley ware, approximately 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, has the advantage of producing a highly durable piece possessing sufficient resistance to heat shock to be used in an oven, if handled properly. (not over or on a flame or heating element or in a broiler.)