FRANKOMA GLAZE COLOR GUIDE
 

by Gibb Green, CO

BROWNS
Brown Satin–Rutile* Two shades of Brown 1958–94
Buckskin Tan Light Tan like deerskin moccasins 1954
Coffee Medium Brown 1973–88
Fawn Brown Butterscotch, usually w/flecks 1934–42
Maple # Butterscotch, lighter than Fawn circa 1942
Mocha Brown Milk Chocolate Brown 1934–35
Osage Brown Mottled Brown w/hint of Orange 1933–42
Rubbed Bisque Dark Wood tone 1973–SA
Saddle Brown Light milk chocolate color 1954
Sorghum Brown Very dark Brown 1951–54
     
GREENS
Blue–Gray Jade Blue–Green w/specks 1933–42
Country Green Imitation Granite Ware color 1995–SA
Forest Green Dark Green 1993–SA
Jade Green Slightly Bluer than Silver Sage w/specks 1934–38
Olive Green   1982
Patina/Verde Bronze Earliest sometimes all Green 1933–39
Pompeiian Bronze Dark Green w/patches of Burnt Gold 1933–38
Prairie Green–Rutile* Green and Golden Brown 1939–95
Silver Sage Waxy Pale Jade Green circa 1942
Teal Dark Blue–Green 1990–SA
Turquoise** Heavy, thick, like Indian jewelry 1942
Turquoise Translucent 51–52, 55–57
Verde Green Translucent Emerald 1933–36
     
BLUES
Clay Blue Satiny Blue–solid color 1953–61
Cobalt Vivid Dark Blue 1994–95
Country Blue Imitation Granite Ware color 1988–SA
Freedom Blue Medium Blue 1976–78
Indian Blue Original name for Peacock Blue  
Light Blue # Lighter than Sky Blue circa 1942
Medium Blue Semi-Matte, solid color blue circa 34–3737
Morning Glory Blue Used only for V10 and V11 Vases 1978–79
Mountain Haze Light Bluish–Gray 1987–92
Navy Very Dark Blue 1985–SA
Peacock Blue Turquoise w/patches of Royal Blue 1942–50
Robin Egg Blue Light Blue w/dark Blue flecks 1979–92
Royal Blue Vivid medium–Dark Blue, solid color 1934–42
Sky Blue Light Blue, solid color circa 1942
Woodland Moss–Rutile* Medium Blue and Brown 1960–74
     
YELLOWS AND GOLD'S
Autumn Yellow Bright Yellow 1975–90
Cream # Used for Golden Guernsey Dairy 1935–37
Desert Gold–early Old Gold Creamy Beige and Gold 1933–38
Desert Gold–Rutile* Creamy Beige and Golden Brown 1939–95
Old Gold Semi-Matte solid, deep Yellow 1934–42
Sunflower Yellow Medium Yellow w/Brown flecks 1958–60
     
REDS, PINKS, ROSES
Cabernet Cranberry Red, AKA Mulberry in 1984 1992–SA
Cherokee Red Dark murky Plum 1934–38
Chinese Red Bright Red circa 1942
Desert Rose # Mottled Orchid, AKA Rosetone circa 1942
Blood Red Jewelry only—later Freedom Red 1955–57
Dusty Rose Matte dull Pink circa 1942
Flame Red–Orange 1964–92
Freedom Red Bright Red 1976–78
Mauve Light Rose 1992–93
Peach Pinkish Color 1989–92
Peach Glow–Rutile* Peach and Brown 1962–74
Plum Dark Purple 1994–SA
Red Bud Mottled Orchid and Lilac 1949–54
Terra Cotta Rose Glossy bright Pink 1955–57
Wisteria Lavender 1983–85
     
NEUTRAL COLORS
Bone Off–White 1993–SA
Dove Gray Medium Gray w/slight Greenish/Blue cast 1934–38
Eggshell # Early thick Off–White 1933–42
Flat Black   1973–75
Gunmetal Silvery, metallic Black 1934–38
Ivory   1934–42
Onyx Black Earliest sometimes iridescent 1933–SA
Terra Cotta Clay color—varies with clay 1980–SA
White # Semi–Matte, very white and thick circa 1942
White Sand Thin White w/clay showing thru 1942–95
     
Frank Potteries Glaze Colors—1933 Norman
from early salesman’s brochure in John Frank’s own hand
#1 —Verde Green    
#2 —Bronze Green    
#3 —Maple Brown    
#4 —Chinese Red    
#6 —Fawn    
#7 —______Blue    
#9 —Gunmetal    
#10—Onyx Black    
#13—Eggshell Similar to Ivory  
#15—White    
#16—Pompeiian    
___—Transparent Green    

* Rutile Glazes-Definite color changes o/a 1954 and 1970 due to changes in clay and rutile.

** Turquoise used with Ada clay 1951-52, resumed with Sapulpa clay 1955-57.

# Glazes so noted, while not listed as such in available catalogs, have been observed on pieces which can be dated by their known dates of production.


DESERT GOLD (RUTILE)

(1939–95)

 
 
PEACH GLOW (RUTILE)
(1962–74)



PRAIRIE GREEN
(RUTILE)
(
1939–95)


WOODLAND MOSS
(RUTILE)
(1960–74)

                                                       

     

 
  BROWN SATIN (RUTILE)
(1958–94)


 RED BUD (1949-54)   


PEACOCK BLUE
 INDIAN BLUE
(1942-1950)


 CLAY BLUE 
(1953–61)

                                                                       



FAWN BROWN
(1934–42)


 IVORY
(1934–42)

RUBBED BISQUE
(1973–SA)


 OSAGE BROWN
(1933–42)



DUSTY ROSE  (1942)
 

SILVER SAGE (1942)


 
 
SKY BLUE (1942)

 
CHEROKEE RED 
(1934-38)

 
FLAME
(1964–92)




   SUNFLOWER YELLOW
(1958–60)

 
COUNTRY BLUE
(1988–SA)
              

BLUE-GRAY JADE
(1933-1942)
 



TURQUOISE (1942)

 
TURQUOISE (1951-1952)


 
JADE GREEN (1934-38)

 

                 Mocha Brown
                   (1934-35)
Mocha Brown 1934-35