The Kay Hackett Story, continued...
In 1955, the huge, old heating boiler at the Flemington Outlet was removed, and a new, smaller boiler was installed in a newly-constructed boiler room. The old boiler room was refurbished as additional sales floor. Martin Stangl had Kay Hackett spend several days at the Flemington Outlet decorating a deep soffit on one wall with a mural of popular dinnerware patterns. Kay used a pantograph to enlarge stencils for the bread tray shape to use for the soffit. Blueberry, Wild Rose, Carnival, Magnolia, Thistle and Fruit were the motifs used. While the soffit yet remains, Kay's mural is sadly long gone.
Kay pauses while painting dinnerware patterns on the soffit in the old boiler room in 1955.
The completed soffit.
Kay developed a series of decorated cylinder vases in 1956. The above photo shows Kay's original sample of cylinder vases in the Cascade motif. This photo was taken by Kay herself in April 1956 at her studio in Stangl's Trenton factory.
Kay developed her bird-shape jug in 1956. This photo, taken by her in her studio in1956, shows the progression of the jug's production. In the back of the photo is Kay's original sculpted clay model. Next is the cast plaster model from which the plaster molds would be created. Then is an undecorated red-bodied clay casting made from the plaster mold. The foreground shows Kay's finished, decorated and glazed sample jug.
Kay was also instrumental in developing Stangl's Antique Gold artware line. The above is a handmade jug with one of Kay's prototype finishes of Artware Green, Satin White glaze and dry-brushed gold.
Kay's design studio in 1956 with shelves of prototype Antique Gold vases, lamps and plates.
An Antique Gold 14" Compass sample chop plate, never produced other than a few of Kay's samples.
Kay's original Country Garden sample 14" chop plate on left and tempera rendering of 9" plate on right. Country Garden was immensely popular from 1956 into the 1970s.
Country Life was yet another popular Kay Hackett pattern.
Stangl's Kiddieware sets were chic gifts for children from the 1940s through the 1970s. Nearly all of these were also designed by Kay.
Above: Kay's original sketch for Cat and the Fiddle and a production plate of the same pattern.
Above: Kay's drawing and production pieces of the ABC Kiddieware set.
Above: Variation sketches on the cup motif from Kay's Woman in the Shoe pattern.
Left: Kay's Haarlem pattern was produced only for Stangl's Flemington Outlet in 1957. The same motif was also decorated in yellow and red, called Provincial, was sold across the country for many years.
Right: Tiger Lily was a popular pattern, also introduced during 1957.
Above: A group of Kay's "thumbnail sketches" for her Bella Rosa pattern, showing a variety of motif treatments for the casual platter and relish dish shapes.
Kay left Stangl in 1965 to join her husband in their antique business and today Kay is still active buying and selling antiques. Her eye is sharp and she appreciates fine quality and design. Besides Stangl, she deals in pottery, silver, art and antique rugs. She is a regular at local antique markets in Columbus and Lambertville, NJ where she greets visitors and her many Stangl fans.
Kay with husband Marty and son on their fire truck.
Kay has continued in the antiques business to this day. She has been a weekly fixture at Lambertville, NJ's Lambertville Antique Market and Golden Nugget Market for many years. She can also occasionally be seen set up at the Columbus Farmer's Market near Bordentown, NJ.
Above: Kay and Rob at Kay's Lambertville market space in 1999.
In year 2000, Kay briefly reopened her design studio and created a special order floor medallion for the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Potteries Museum. The motif is Pennsylvania Dutch inspired and not so different from Kay’s first designs in 1941 when Martin Stangl asked her to visit the museum in Philadelphia for ideas.
Kay’s original sketch of the custom designed floor medallion at the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Potteries Museum created by Kay Hackett, April 2000.
Kay (in brown shoes) rests her foot on the completed medallion painted on the floor of the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Museum Kiln.
At that time, Kay also designed a second motif for the Hill-Fulper-Stangl Museum featuring two bluebirds. This motif was not utilized, until now... so be sure to check out Kay at the Kiln for an update!