Both Smith and Ford stayed with the Newcomb Pottery program through its termination in 1940.
During the first years of the 20th century, progressives and reformers actively sought to better the lives and conditions of working-class Americans, and many were particularly inspired to aid the educational endeavors of young women.
The unique registration system was fully deciphered by Walter Bob after over 2 years of extensive research.
The Newcomb dating system in its entirely can be seen in by Jessie Poesch with Sally Main.
Paul Cox was brought to Newcomb Pottery in 1910 to improve the quality of the clay and glazes.
Cox developed the soft, waxy semi-matte glazes that Newcomb Pottery became famous for during its transitional period of production. From the 1920s until the late 30s Newcomb Pottery continued to produce quality art pottery.
The pottery was operated in conjunction with advanced art courses offered by Newcomb College. Completed pots were decorated by the women in the Newcomb's art department.
Newcomb Pottery always operated as studio pottery and never operated as a large-scale production pottery.