The art pottery movement began in the 1870s in America and Britain, coinciding roughly with the beginning of the Arts and Crafts movement, which gained momentum in the 1880s. Art pottery was more elaborate than utilitarian pottery and more aesthetically focused than decorative figurines. Early art-pottery pieces were usually hand-decorated, signed by the artist, and produced in limited numbers.
Many companies known for their art pottery, like Rookwood, Roseville, Frankoma, and Weller, were founded in the American Midwest in the 1880s and 1890s. Drawing on local deposits of clay and minerals, most of these companies started by making simple, decorative pottery pieces or utilitarian pieces such as flowerpots and other garden ware.
What ultimately set these companies apart were their ornamental designs. Rookwood and other Midwestern companies took inspiration from Asian designs and Art Nouveau styles, creating pieces that were both functional and beautiful. They worked in a variety of popular forms, from vases to bowls to wall sconces and decorative tiles.
Some art pottery makers, like Rookwood, eventually grew into large operations, producing pieces in quantity and marketing them nationally via department stores and catalogs. But many smaller studios also thrived in the heyday of hand thrown and decorated art pottery.
Other noteworthy makers of art pottery include Hull, McCoy, Charles Volkmar, Chelsea Keramic, Lonhuda, George Ohr, Newcomb College, Grueby Faience, Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Artus Van Briggle, and the Saturday Evening Girls.
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This year's fund-raiser will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Southwestern Randolph High School. In preparation, Hospice is asking the community for donations for the auction, such as fine art, pottery, gift certificates products from local...Read more
Selma Art Guild's new exhibit incorporates gardenSelma Times-Journal, October 7th
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Young craft lovers to learn pottery making todayDaily Times, October 4th
the crafts from generation to generations, said an official of Lok Virsa.The crafts to be highlighted in the program include truck art, pottery making, doll making, weaving, block printing, papier mache, chunri making, stone carving, lacquer art...Read more
A who's who of potteryOregon Coast Today, September 29th
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Collectors exchange knowledge of Southern pottery at Cleburne County eventAnniston Star, September 26th
Collectors exchange knowledge of Southern pottery at Cleburne County event By Laura Camper, Star Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Annistonstar.com. Traditional folk art pottery has thousands of fans in Alabama because of its history and beauty...Read more