Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin won that competition and proceeded to build a pottery in East Liverpool.
After the Civil War Homer and his brothers had worked in the pottery industry in production and sales but were not expert in technical aspects of making ware.
They accepted the Council's offer on September 1, 1873, broke ground for the plant on October 1 and opened for production one year later on September 1, 1874.
Circa: 1981 Condition: Good Size: 9" Color: White / Red Type: Restaurant china Country of Origin: US Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin Best China standard rim shape ' Ambassador' dinner plate, with red trim.
Normal wear, no damage or gray utensil marks Circa: 1988 Condition: Good Size: 9 7/8" Color: White / Red Type: Restaurant china Country of Origin: US Manufacturer: Homer Laughlin Best China Empire Steven shape ' Ambassador' bouillon or fruit cup, with red stripe on rim.
The plant with only two kilns struggled due to a lack of capital and lack of experience.
White ware had not been produced in the area before this time.
It is said that the first batch of ware out of the kilns was cups and that when the ware cooled all the handles fell off. Their work finally paid off when in 1876 they were awarded a medal for best white ware at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Undaunted they persevered, calling themselves, "The Ohio Valley Pottery" and "Laughlin Bros. They were now established as a quality producer in the market.
At this time there was stiff competition with European and especially English China.
The public perceived that the American ware, which was more expensive, was of lesser quality.
In 1877 Homer bought his brothers share of the company and renamed the business "Homer Laughlin".