I listed some Napco Christmas ceramics recently and think it’s time to clear up some misinformation. You see, because I’ve only seen labels identifying the piece as Japan or Taiwan, I truly thought that this was a Japanese company. Wrong!
The NAPCO Company or National Potteries Corporation is located in Bedford, OH and began production of Porcelain and Glass in 1938. Ceramic pieces sold by Napco (National Potteries Corporation) are distinctive. Since its prolific output of the 1950s and 1960s, Napco has held the interest of collectors because the ceramic items are consistently well-designed.
Owned and operated in the Midwest, Napco distributed a variety of collectibles, including decorative wall accessories, ashtrays, ceramic and wood house wares, floral arrangements, ceramic planters, decorative glass, novelty figurines, mugs, trivets, and Christmas ceramics.In 1986, Napco purchased INARCO company and moved that company headquarters to Jacksonville,Florida.
Napco used a wide array of marks-some transfer marks and some paper labels. The paper labels feature various wording, such as: “A Napco Collection,” “Napco originals by Giftware,” “National Potteries Co., Cleveland, OH, Made in Japan,” and “Napcoware, Import Japan.”