Lawton Gonder had an extensive career in the Tile and Art Pottery industry prior to becoming his own boss at Gonder Ceramic Arts. Much has been written about his career and the history of Gonder Ceramic Arts. The two reference guides on the market today have devoted entire sections to these topics and are very informative.
As to not repeat what has already been written in these guides, I will not attempt to write a complete history here. I am however providing a bullet point timeline so that new collectors may benefit from a brief timeline of the pottery.
"New Pottery To Ship First Ware Soon" The Zanesville Signal -- Monday, January 12, 1942
Of particular interest are the two articles from The Zanesville Signal indicating the first date pieces were produced at Gonder. From these articles we can glean that Gonder was able to get the factory in production in under 90 days! Of course, Gonder brought many molds with him from the Florence Pottery. Also of interest is the information found in the Crockery and Glass journal indicating there was still a business relationship between Gonder and George Rumrill after Gonder started his business.