Raymor Contempora by Steubenville








Production dates:

1953 until the closing of the Pottery?



The four known glazes are: Faun, Charcoal, Mist Gray, and Sand White.


One brochure reads,

"Master Potters of Steubenville, working from the gracefully sculptured designs of Ben Seibel, have created...

raymor Contempora

                     ...a new dining recipe

Rippling sgraffito texture harmonizes with these new low key colors:  Faun, Mist Gray, Sand White, Charcoal."


Another brochure reads,

"raymor Contempora

...a dash of Paprika

...a sprig of Parsley

...and server on RAYMOR CONTEMPORA.

Raymor presents a brand new recipe for gracious living!  Blend ... the fresh flavor of a Seibel Design, with the rich craftsmanship of Steubenville Pottery.

Add...a sharp analysis of today's serving problems.   Color in low key, vibrant shades, and pour in molds of sculptural triumph.

This complete Dinnerware includes among its accessory pieces, such innovations as a 'Meal Server' platter, individual stacking coffee pots, a salt and pepper carrier, a bun warmer, and other Severs of integrated form and function.

Rippling sgraffito texture harmonizes with new and exciting color...'Faun'...'Charcoal'...'Mist Gray' and 'Sand White' to create a natural setting...indisputably 'right' for the modern home."

The following three references are courtesy of Earl Martin.

From "China, Glass and Decorative Accessories," January 1953, page 27:

"NEW RAYMOR LINES introduced at Pittsburgh: upper left, teapot from the fine china dinnerware line designed by George Nelson; lower left, Connoisseur glassware accessories designed by Ben Seibel; right, Contempora semi-porcelain dinnerware, available in four colors. Richards Morgenthau Company, 225 Fifth Avenue, New York City."

From "China, Glass and Decorative Accessories," February 1953 (a review of the Pittsburgh show), page 27:

"A varied assortment of contemporary dinnerware, glassware and accessories designed by well-known designers and produced by such factories as Steubenville Pottery Company, Roseville Pottery, and Walker China Company, were featured by RICHARDS MORGENTHAU. Among the new lines were a group of Connoisseur glassware accessories by Ben Seibel, semi-porcelain dinnerware called Contempora, and fine china dinnerware design by George Nelson."

From "Echoes from Chicagoland," February 1953, page 34:

"New pottery dinnerware designed by Ben Seibel was the center of interest in the Richards-Morgenthau showroom, 1215 the Mart. the dinnerware, called 'Contempora,' comes in modern shapes, with a rippled texture lending interest. Colors are low-key natural shades--charcoal, faun, mist gray, and sand white. A 16-peice starter set retails for $8.95.  Unusual accessory pieces include individual stacking coffee pots, a meal-server platter, and a big hollow-ball bun-warmer."

Listing of Pieces:

Open Questions:

Was the 430 Ash Tray with the indent ever produced?