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Curran Pfeiff  Corporation
Precision Industrial Ceramic
Established 1924
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History of Pfeiff's Family
Curran-Pfeiff Corporation, a family business in its forth generation,
was founded in 1924 by C. H. Pfeiff, a ceramic engineer born (1885)
and educated in Germany.  After completing his education in
England, he became manager of large ceramic manufacturing plant
there.  Mr. Pfeiff emigrated to America at the invitation of General
Ceramics in New Jersey where he worked as a production manager
for several years before starting his own company to manufacture
Gas Mantle Rings And Nozzles– the main com-ponents in
Welsbach Gas Lights universally used in the international gas
lighting industry, then approaching it peak.   Our company still
occupies its original site in Edison, New Jersey, named for Thomas
Edison whose laboratory was here and whose former workers we at
one time employed.
From the beginning,
Mr. Pfeiff began to
develop a wide
variety of ceramic
"bodies" and glazes
and shapes that
filled the needs of
industries other
than gas lighting.  
Although these
bod-ies and glazes
differed greatly from
one another in
reached their fired
maturity at the
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The photograph was taken at 1924,Winter. Mr. Pfeiff was with
two crews working with their big shipment for Christmas Holiday!
same teperature (2450 degrees F), and in the same firing cycle,
greatly increasing simplicity and efficiency in kiln-firing (at that time
he had one large "bottle" kiln which was hand-stoked with coal and
took 48hours to reach 2450 degrees F.
Cordierites (which he was among the first to mass produce, in widely-
varied and custom made formulas, were the primary bodies made at
Curran-Pfeiff Corp through the 1930’s, formed on hand presses and
extruding machines.  During this time, studio space was added to the
growing company under the supervision of Mr. Pfeiff’s wife Theresa
and, through her, we began a 60year friendship with young Joseph
von Tury – already a well-known potter, ceramic artist and
consultant.  Art pieces from Curran-Pfeiff Corp, and von Tury
porcelain represented New Jersey in the (1936) World’s Fair.
Joining his father’s
business after
serving in World War
II, George Pfeiff
brought to it new
technology grounded
in his education in
the ceramic
engineering school
at Penn State
developed a family of
electrical porcelains
and glazes which
soon found use in
making new
Wire Connectors
That was production line of making wire connectors. Ladies
were packing the shipment before Chistmas Holiday! Photo
was taken at Dec. 23rd,1934.  
,which Curran-Pfeiff Corp brought from prototypes to mass
production in co-operation with Bert Holub and in accordance with the
original Holub blueprints and standards.  As production of these
climbed to 30 million pieces per year,he introduced into the operation
semiautomatic hydraulic presses and designed and built an 11
hour-cycle oil-fired downdraught kiln. Also, collaborating with Mr.
Steiner of Industrial Heater Co. George formulated silicon-carbide
compositions that Mr. Steiner needed for efficient heat transfer in his
design of the first
band heaters.
Picture is taken on 1945
Fall, It is vision from
front door.
Through the 1950’s and 1960’s, zircon bodies, zircon porcelains,
mullite bodies, hybrid silicon carbide/alumina bodies and pyrax bodies
were added to our stock.  Many of these compositions were (and
continue to be) specifically tailored or altered to meet customers’
specific needs.
The factory building, destroyed by fire in 1967, was rebuilt and
enlarged to it present 26,000 square feet.  Shortly after, Albert
Green, a well known and widely-exhibited potter, and his students
shared studio space with us and produced pots inspired by the
shaped and glazes of Chinese Song Potters and, in 1974,
von Tury
(now world famous) permanently moved into Curran-Pfeiff
Corp his large-scale studio operation which his daughter, Mary Jo,
continues to oversee. Around the same time, George’s wife, Justine,
came in as Office Manager and his three sons brought, in their turn,
expertise and experience in design, laboratory-experimentation, tool
& die making and fine arts.  Studio and lab space were increased
and two more walk-in kilns were added.  And from that time until now,
when it has cooled and its door is opened, each kiln reveals an
unusually eclectic array of ceramic industry, science and art: you can
see stacks of silicon carbide saggers which hold our production –
thousands of grey rings, white porcelain connectors, tan
heating element holders
and other items - and you can see setter
plates which hold the single prototype shapes, experimental bodies
and glazes, and
handmade terracotta tile, and you can see, standing
amid these stacks and plates and gleaming in their clear and colored
glazes, shiny and matte, fine bright porcelain forms.
Through these processes we entered the field of architectural terra-
, primarily the replication and replacement of tile in historic
buildings.  Our tiles are in the
War Memorial College in Washington,
D.C.: the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Baltimore, MD; Grand
Central Station in New York City
, and in the New York City Subway
.  We have replicated 100 year old Guastavino and
tile.  At present, among other areas of interest, we’re
investigating the “encaustic” tile process as perfected by Minton.  
On the technical side in these last few years, we developed a
special hybrid cordierite-type material that, although fired at 2450
Degrees F and chemically restricted in choice of ingredients.Can
momentarily withstand a tem- perature of 10,000 degrees F. millions
of small parts have been used successfully in these conditions.
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, evolving from our studio work and under
Joe von Tury’s supervision, Curran-Pfeiff Corp began adding
(in various technical materials but primarily in highest-quality
white translucent porcelain) and the age-old method of
hand pressing
plastic terra-cotta and earthenware in molds as well as decorating by
hand painting, spraying, dipping and decaling.
This is present Curran Pfeiff Corporation in 2006. Nowadays, the facility
stays at 20,000 sq feet with three working lines occupying mass
production all the time.  
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Pfeiff, Jr.
(Chip Pfeiff)
now runs the
company as
we continue
our family
heritage and
our rich and
into our 83th
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