Little Heart Ceramics
It is probable that Little Heart Ceramics were also sold through L & H Manufacturing using dealers located in other states as well as Canada.
Jerry Schuch was sales manager for Little Heart Ceramics and in charge of production of the Little Heart Ceramics. He also drew out designs for their specialty advertising items.
A variety of ceramics were sold; including figurines of animals, ashtrays, paperweights, vases, salt & pepper shakers, and even an attractive 18 piece nativity scene.
Their clay was supplied by a firm in Fargo, North Dakota, then mixed with water and other chemicals in preparation for making ceramics.
Several people were instrumental in the process of creating and selling Little Heart Ceramics. Bill Helbling, Tony's brother, would carve an original sculpture then create a Plaster of Paris mold from the pattern. Each mold would take about a week to dry. After the mold was finished, Mrs. Francis Braun and Mrs. Ida Lanz would complete the casting and trimming of the greenware which would then be fired for about 6 hours and then allowed to cool for another 8 hours.
Both Mrs. Braun and Mrs. Lanz would then use either an airbrush or delicate brush strokes to glaze the whiteware which was then ready for a final firing. All of the employees learned their trade the hard way, on the job.
Little Heart Ceramics was finally discontinued in 1968.