William Goodman was an engineer with the Grow Tunnelling Corporation. William Goodman and his wife began collecting Art Pottery in 1968. The couple continued collecting over the course of the next few decades. The first piece in their collection was a three-foot high stoneware pedestal by Samuel Weller.

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