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Sidney Risley
George Risley
Sidney Risley


American, died 1875
Biography: Sidney Risley is believed to have gone to Norwich from Hartford, where his brother Albert Risley had been a potter for many years. Sidney Risley leased land in Norwich on 4 September 1835 where he built a pottery, which he later purchased on 2 April 1856. Risley's son George L. Risley entered the business with his father in 1865 and worked with until 1875 when Sidney Risley died. George L. Risley continued working there until he died on 24 December 1881 during a boiler explosion at the pottery. About a year later the property was again opened as the Norwich Pottery Works, B. C. Chace, proprietor. Mr. Chace was succeeded in 1885 by George B. Chamberlain, and after he had run it for about two years, the business was continued by Otto N. Suderberg until its discontinuance, in 1895. Important Dates: Sidney Risley, sole proprietor of pottery, marks his wares "S. RISLEY/ NORWICH", 1835-1865 Sidney Risley and George L. Risley, proprietors of pottery, unknown mark or company name, 1865-1875 George L. Risley, sole proprietor of pottery, unknown mark or company name, 1875-1882 The Norwich Pottery Works, various owners, mark of "THE NORWICH POTTERY WORKS", 1882-1895