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2 Vintage Medicine Hat dinner plates
2 Vintage Medicine Hat dinner plates Founded by Harry Yuill (owner of Alberta Clay Products) as Medicine Hat Potteries Ltd. in 1937. Built down the road from Medalta, Medicine Hat Potteries soon emerged as the older company’s main competitor. Its 100 workers were almost all former Medalta employees, attracted away by the modern working conditions and higher pay.

As technical advances continued in the ceramics field, Yuill re-invested in the plant to keep its production methods current. One of the company’s major acquisitions was a Miller’ Automatic Jigger Machine, acquired around 1947. This was an elaborate piece of equipment which single-handedly transformed soft clay into finished wares ready for glazing and firing. The machine was regarded as a mechanical wonder which offered manufacturers two big advantages: production speed, and labor reduction.

Medicine Hat Potteries then began by making dishes in direct competition to Medalta’s dinnerware lines. The new company produced lighter, more decorative wares, which proved more popular with customers than Medalta’s. Within months of opening in 1938, Medicine Hat Potteries had taken over Medalta’s distributors in Toronto and Québec. By 1939, they were shipping wares to Australia. Over the next 15 years, the company continued to produce stoneware and art ware lines in addition to the popular dinnerware
Medicine Hat Potteries sold out in 1955

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