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Hacker works on display at Holtz Hall of Fame | News, Sports, Jobs …

A photo of Hans Hacker


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EAST LIVERPOOL — A brand new display is being unveiled at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame, just in time for this week’s Tri-State Pottery Festival.

Local landmark designs by the artist Hans Hacker, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2007, adorned pottery ware that was produced each year in conjunction with the Tri-State Pottery Festival from 1968 through 1991. The 1992 ware was marked with the festival’s 25-year anniversary emblem.

The set of plates and mugs was donated by Jeff Sinclair of Morgantown, who recently visited the Hall of Fame with his mother, the widow of the late Dr. Stephen Sinclair, an ophthalmologist in East Liverpool for many years. The collectible pottery had belonged to Jeff’s late sister, Roberta.

Hacker, first came to East Liverpool in 1933 from Waldenburg, Silesia, Germany, representing his firm, E. Wunderlich and Co. After several trips, he relocated here in 1939 and became entranced with the scenic hills, the beautiful Ohio River and the intriguing architecture of the area. He worked for many years as the art and technical director of the specialty division at Commercial Decal. His oil and watercolor paintings of area landmarks cover a period of almost 200 years of local history and can be viewed in many local homes, businesses and public places.

Upon his death in 1994, Commercial Decal representatives stated he had designed more dinnerware patterns than any other artist in the United States and had greatly influenced American dinnerware from the late 1930s on.

This is the 24th annual design from the Hans Hacker collection of pen and ink sketches done exclusively for the Tri-State Pottery Festival.

Visitors are welcome to view the new display, along with some of Hacker’s paintings and the tools of his trade, at the Holtz Hall of Fame between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, contact the hall at 330-386-5443.

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