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He moved the company to Sapulpa in 1938, only to soon rebuild that factory after a fire later that year.His daughter Joniece ran the pottery until 1991 when she was forced to sell the struggling company.Not long after his arrival in Oklahoma, he married Grace Lee, and together they began producing a line of fine art clay pottery and sculpture which would be affordable to most people.Grace Lee made the suggestion that because they were the only commercial pottery in Oklahoma, they should use their last name Frank, and add the letters O, M, and an A for Oklahoma for the name Frankoma Potteries.The Franks' daughter Donna, always credited her mother Grace for having the business sense to realize that open stock dinnerware would be an ongoing source of business rather than a one time purchase.It helped that they placed a large billboard along Route 66, hoping to entice buyers to their Frankoma pottery and showroom.In 1991 Richard Bernstein of Maryland purchased Frankoma and in 2005 sold the business to Det Merryman.The company was closed for six weeks and was sold again during the summer of 2008, reopening on August 18 with new owner Joe Ragosta.
Although the question sounds like a 4th grade riddle, the answer is Frankoma pottery.
In the 1980s the clay color became a light pink or orange.
The earliest Frankoma pieces (1933-1934) were marked either Frank Potteries Norman Okahoma, or with the OKLA abbreviation rather than the full state name, or simply Frank Potteries. Prior to a large fire at the plant in 1938 the Frankoma mark had a round ‘O’ after the fire the ‘O’ became more oblong.
By 1938, the Franks had moved their young family to Sapulpa Oklahoma and they began building their pottery business, but after several months, the building and the master molds were destroyed by a fire.
Although their loss was great, they built a new plant, and began producing dinnerware which would become the backbone of their business.