The Harmony pattern was issued by McCoy USA in the year 1961. McCoy Pottery has been among the leading manufacturers of pottery, crockery and decorative-ware. Established in 1849, the McCoy group endured for generations and has produced, under different brand names, some of the most fast-selling and ubiquitous items of pottery in America. In fact most American homes would have at least one piece of McCoy collectible pottery!
Although the McCoy industries in Zanesville were ravaged by a fire in the year 1950, they rebuilt only to make their factory better and more modern. This modern technology helped the company scale up and produce almost millions of pottery pieces year after year. McCoy became one of the largest potteries in the United States.
McCoy Pottery was discerning enough to take note of the changing trends in American pottery. Noting the transition from elaborate old-fashioned designs to minimalistic modern, McCoy began manufacturing designs catering to the new consumer mind-set. The Harmony range was a sterling example of the modern pottery era, and had a clean, minimalistic design. The Harmony line is a beautiful juxtaposition of the contemporary with the mainstream.
The Harmony range was decorated by hand, and consisted of planters, jardinières, vases and bird feeders. The pattern involved smooth-flowing lines which gave a fluid feel to the piece. The pattern completely exemplified the ‘modern’ ethos of the period. Harmony pieces were available in many colour combinations – Green adornments with a white background, brown adornments with yellow, white adornments with mist blue, and yellow adornments with tangerine. Most pieces were branded with the ‘McCoy USA’ mark.
Harmony pottery, being fairly ubiquitous in the 50s and 60s, is not very difficult to acquire today. Vintage Harmony pieces are priced between $25 and $50 and are fairly inexpensive. One must be careful to check for chipping and cracks before buying a piece. McCoy pottery often has slight flaws like glaze pops; however they do not devalue the piece.