Newell Art Classes was part of the "Newell Ceramic Art and Science School" -- a series of courses offered by the Homer Laughlin China Company along with WVU's extension classes. They were held at Wells High and at the art department at HLC. According to Homer Laughlin, A Giant Among Dishes by Jo Cunningham, Dr. A. V. Bleininger was dean, Harry Thiemecke taught Chemistry, M.H. King taught Physics, Walter Emerson - Mathematics, and Frederick Rhead (in charge of the art department at HLC from 1927 until 1942) was in charge of all the pottery classes. Courses were offered from 1938 until 1942.
The first few pieces shown here were made by Margaret Price at Homer Laughlin during the pottery classes. Besides hand thrown pieces, some undecorated blanks made by HLC were decorated by students. The vase to the right is a thrown piece and the 9-inch plates below are blanks made by the pottery.