The Kay Hackett Story, continued...
Above: Kay (right) and her assistant trying out Stangl's new demonstration table in 1949. Here it was temporarily set up in the Stangl conference room. This table was used at Stangl's traveling department store demonstrations throughout the 1950s.
Many of Kay’s designs were inspired by Nature-herself, flower catalogs, Persian tile, and botanical books. She might see a flower growing along the roadside that sparked the creative genius and by night it was a potential Stangl design! The Chicory dinnerware pattern designed by Kay was an example of this.
Late 1940s Magnolia sample, never produced.
Kay Hackett's Gladiola dinnerware motif and egret vase, neither were produced other than these original samples.
Left: Kay's original tempera renderings for her Goldfinch cigarette box and coaster ashtray.
Right: Musical mug with Toy soldier motif, produced for Frederik Lunning. Both the mug shape and motif were designed by Kay.
Thistle was another of Kay's patterns that enjoyed long-lasting popularity.
Kay worked at Stangl Pottery continuously from her return in 1948 until 1958. In 1953 she married the love of her life, Marty Hackett. In 1958 when her son Marty, Jr. was born, she cut down her hours at Stangl and again worked from home doing freelance for a while and some part time work at her Stangl office. In the years since 1941, she is credited with designing 40 Stangl dinnerware patterns that were put into production and over 100 miscellaneous novelty and artware items. Hundreds of her Stangl samples were never put into actual production but were sold at the Flemington Outlet. Many collectors today consider them the most prized of all Stangl products.
Kay developed Stangl's Magnolia in 1952. This novel motif utilized a new green engobe background and and opaque white underglaze color, also developed by Kay, called White #10.
One of Kay's own favorite patterns was Wind Fall, produced very briefly as a salad set in 1953.
Another 1953 salad set designed by Kay was Marine, shown above as a sample with yellow fish. This pattern was put into production with turquoise fish.
Left: Kay's original vision of Amber-Glo as a Scandinavian-inspired turquoise, blue and yellow gas flame motif.
Right: Because House and Garden Magazine's fashion-color recommendations for 1954 were gray, gold and brown, the Amber-Glo motif was changed to those colors before it was introduced that year. This photo shows Amber-Glo as it was actually produced.
The pattern with a party mood was Kay's Carnival. This pattern enjoyed quite a bit of popularity during the 1950s and into the 1960s.
During the 1950s, Stangl's conference table ashtrays and cigarette box, coaster astray sets were immensely popular. Kay designed an assortment of motifs for these items, most were inspired by wildlife and song birds.
Left: Kay's original tempera rendering of her Duck windproof ashtray.
Right: Kay's original sample for a Towhee cigarette box, the pattern was never produced.
Left: Kay's original design for the Baltimore Oriole cigarette box.
Right: Goldfinch cigarette set.
Kay's original renderings for Redhead Duck and Rainbow Trout oval Sportsmen ashtrays, never produced.