The Bennington Parian Project
The Bennington Museum is well known as a center for the study of the ceramics produced by two potteries in Bennington, Vt., during the Nineteenth Century - the Norton Pottery and the United States Pottery Company. The scope, diversity and size of the museum's collections of Bennington pottery and porcelain is unequaled. In addition, the museum owns an extensive collection of documentary material relating to these potteries. The Rockingham, flint enamel wares, and Norton stonewares have been a primary focus of the museum's exhibition and publication activities since the 1920s. However, while the museum's collection of Parian has grown in numbers over the years, this portion of the collection has received analytical attention only recently. Beginning in 1997, the Bennington Museum conducted a scholarly examination of its Parian collection.