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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Holiday daytrip: Berkeley Springs Spring Studio Art TourCommunities Digital News, May 22nd
This informal driving tour offers you a chance to meet the artists at their working studios, where you can check out – and perhaps purchase – some unusually fine art, pottery, glass, and forged metal originals. Not far from metro Washington, D.C...Read more
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There will be two areas of the festival, a fine arts section and a craft section. The fine arts exhibits will include paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage and mixed media. The craft market will include...Read more
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There will be 150 local and national juried exhibitors showing and selling their works. Prices range from $25 to $30,000, according to a news release. Exhibits will include paintings, sculptures, photography, folk art, pottery, handmade clothing and...Read more
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Inc., Bach CPA, Dresser Up/The Turn, Newberry Brothers Coffee, Renaissance Garden Ornaments and Newport City Commissioner Frank Peluso. Featured vendors to date include Jaime's Art Pottery, Lulu Ann Jewelry, City Grill Designs, Greenfield Plants, ...Read more
Howa GallerySalt Lake City Weekly, May 20th
Their works range from challenging, abstract paintings and sculptures to more readily accessible representational paintings featuring Western motifs and landscape; glass art, pottery, jewelry and even clothing are also featured. It was one of the most...Read more
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The Pottery Fair is free and open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 30 potters from across North Carolina will display and sell their utilitarian and art pottery on Salem Square. With a variety of potters participating...Read more