Laura Taylor, WPA Ceramics Supervisor was sent to the New York Worlds Fair in 1939 to demonstrate pottery making on the wheel. Charles Grantier was appointed WPA Ceramics Supervisor in 1939 replacing Laura Taylor. Charles Grantier served through 1942 when the ceramics project was terminated.
The purpose of the Federal Program was to train unemployed individuals. All the articles made by the workers could not be sold and were sent to North Dakota State Institutions. Examples; Nursery Schools, State Hospitals, Libraries, Schools and Institutions with Hot Lunch Programs.
Figurines illustrating Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Characters, doll heads and animal figurines were made. The nursery and animal figurines were distributed to the nursery schools in the state of North Dakota. Plaques of historical interest such as a set of four illustrated transportation also a set of four depicting housing. A set of two plaques depicted agriculture. These were sent to the libraries through the state of North Dakota. Utilitarian ware was made and sent to schools with hot lunch programs and state hospitals. Items consisted of cereal bowls, custard cups, milk jugs, pitchers and beverage glasses.
The decorative items consisted of vases, book ends, paper weights, lamps, incense burners, ashtrays and decorative plates. WPA swirled clay items also exist. They are similar to Dickinson Dickota Badlands pottery and Niloak. WPA items are stamped in black "WPA Ceramics N. Dak." and some are incised WPA or WPA N. D. Some items also have the initials of the potter.