Ceramics by Messer
Imported clays from Pennsylvania were used for porcelain production. These were fired at 2500 degrees F. to produce a porcelain finish. Among the porcelain items made were figurines, salt & pepper sets, vases, ashtrays, wall plaques/book ends, and planters. Joe used native clay from the Bowman area for his wheel-thrown items. These came out as stoneware and included planters, vases, pots, sugar & creamers, teapots, mugs, and bowls.
The following figurines were made: Large 8" bull, antelope buck & doe, small Hereford, Angus and Holstein family (bull, cow, & calf), turtle, seal, rabbit, coyote, Mallard duck 7", jackalope, and prairie dog.
The following salt & pepper sets were made: Hereford, Angus, & Holstein calves, turtles, spooks, seals, prairie dogs, rabbits, chef with hat, Devils Tower, Custer Monument, South Dakota Petrified Wood Park, gas pumps, oil derricks, the Stone Electric & Heating Furnace Co. and grain elevators. This is only a partial listing.
In addition to these, a wall plaque/bookend of a man tipping his cowboy hat was made for Dickinson, North Dakota and used for a business promotion. Each one had a different short phrase on it that started out with "Dick sez."
The items are marked with "Messer" engraved on the bottom, and sometimes the year; "Messer Bowman, N. Dak." with black lettering on the bottom; silver seal attached with "Ceramics by Messer Bowman, No. Dak." and also a paper label with "THE POT SHOP Messer Ceramics Bowman, N. Dak."