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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Gouda Design

Gouda Design

Stuart Lonsdale and Kim Lindley's excellent tribute to and reference on Gouda Dutch Art Pottery and Delftware. The … [read review or visit site]

Cowan Pottery Museum Associates

Cowan Pottery Museum Associates

Dedicated to raising awareness of the ceramic art work of R. Guy Cowan and his Cowan Pottery Studio in northeastern… [read review or visit site]

The Pottery Studio

The Pottery Studio

This 7,000-plus page site lives up to its self-billing as a 'knowledge base' with examples of work from all major a… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Unique Poole Studio Pottery Guy Sydenham Carved Vase Large Atlantis Forerunner Antique Early 20thc Weller Dechiwo Vase Signed R. Lorber, Satyr, Bacchus, NrMoorcroft Anna Lily Vase! First Quality!! Mint! Bargain!Fabulous!! C.1909 Rookwood 'sara Sax' Vellum Scenic Vase Blue & White Ars CraftsFabulous!! Weller 'coppertone' Frog Handle Pot Vase Art Pottery Stickley EraAlan Wallwork Studio Pottery Stoneware Pierced Crescent Form Signed "aw"William Moorcroft Moonlit Blue Landscape Design VaseBeswick Beatrix Potter "sweet Peter Rabbit" Figurine. Ultra Rare! Mint Cond! Nr.Rare Zane Ware Shadow Glaze Arts And Crafts Art Pottery VaseVintage Early Van Briggle Signed 3 Indian Head 11" Vase Brown Green An Exceptional Moorcroft "orchid" Pattern Roll Rim Vase. Frilled And Slipper.*nr* Slip-decorated Pa Redware Plate Collection, Signed Lester Breininger (1974)Moorcroft Miniature Vase! Tall Trees! Delightful! Mint! Rare!Rare Vintage Beswick Rocking Horse Grey Shire Horse Face Left #1053 Stunning!!Stunning Cobalt Blue French Sevres Porcelain Urns Gilt Bronze Paris Vase Signed Clarice Cliff Bizarre Delecia Citrus Pattern Plate Newport Pottery 1932 Art DecoMoorcroft 1st Class Columbine Footed Vase Superb ConditionGenuine Old Clarice Cliff Bizarre - Fantasque - Art Deco Pot - Colourful DesignRare Porcelain Very Large Stunning Ernst Bohne & Sons Marked Half Doll, Germany.Very Rare Edwin Beer Fishley, Fremington Pottery, Slipware Vr Commemorative Mug.Lisa Larson - Abc Girls - Amalia - Gustavsberg Sweden FigurineDoyle Lane Mustard Glaze Weed Vase W/ Scarce Articulated Neck Studio PotteryVery Scarce Roseville Matte Blue Pinecone Double Bud Vase 1124 Pottery BeautyRare Large Signed Art Deco Longwy France Art Pottery Tray Lady In TreesWedgwood Jasper Ware Primrose Yellow Prunus Pagoda Urn/lidded JarMid Century Art Pottery Bitossi Aldo Londi Raymor Rosenthal Netter Lamp EamesLisa Larson Pottery Cat Gustavsberg Mid Century Modern W/ LabelAntique Weller Jardiniere,1920s Marvo,stickley Era, Great Matt Green Glaze Nr!!Clarice Cliff Bizarre Bonjour Secrets TeapotFantastic & Unusual Pair Of Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware Vases Antique Beswick Beatrix Potter "old Mr Pricklepin" Figurine. Bp3c. Beautiful Mint Cond!'carmel Colored Troll' A Surreal Folk Art Face Jug Sculpture By Ron DahlineBeswick Beatrix Potter "duchess". Bp3b. Extremely Rare! Stunning Mint Condition!Rare Antique Late 19th Cent. Rookwood Pottery Architectural Tile Of A Rook Bird Beswick Beatrix Potter Kep And Jemima Tableau Bp11bPoole Pottery Art Deco Leaping Stag / Gazelle Bowl Tz Antique Victorian Longwy French Faience Pottery VaseAntique Weller Forest Tree Garden Pottery Pedestal Plant Stand From 1940's.Fabulous!! C.1929 Rookwood 'raven' Bookends 2274 Crow PairArt Deco Poole Humerous Bird Double Handled Vase Carter Stabler Adams Qb PatternRare 8.25" 19thc Victorian Black Wedgwood Jasperware Dancing Hours Urn Vase A.f.Otto Heino / **rare** Huge (16") Yellow Charger / Wall HangingClarice Cliff Bizarre Crocus Coffee CanBeswick Beatrix Potter "flopsy And Benjamin Bunny" Figurine/tableau. Bp11b. Nr!Beswick Horse, Welsh Cob,brown, Model No.1793, 1st VersionLarge William Moorcroft Salt Glaze Globular Shape Vase In Orchid Design 1940'sGustavsberg Sweden Lisa Larson Lilla Zoo Modernist Pottery Standing CatBeswick Horse, Prancing Arab,dapple Grey, Model No.1261, 1st VersionRoseville Pottery Lamp. Scarce!Royal Doulton/beswick Arab Horse "xyal", Grey, Model No.1265Pair Small Antique English Staffordshire Pottery Poodle Dogs ... NrGroup Of Six Nice Antique 19thc Dutch Delft Tiles - Ships EtcBeswick/royal Albert Beatrix Potter "mrs Tiggywinkle Takes Tea" Figurine. Bp6a.Fabulous!! C.1921 Rookwood 'ivory Jewel' Vase 925d HontschelLorenzen Mushroom Coprinus Comatus Flower Frog Nova ScotiaMinton Border Tiles- Antique Job Lot Vintage Quantity Victorian Floral Tile RareMark Hewitt / Bulbous Wood-fired "wmh" VaseMackenzie Childs Courtly Check Enamel Squashed PotMackenzie Childs Courtly Check Cake/pie Pedestal Plate Stand - 12"Roseville Vista Art Pottery Floor Vase 14 3/4" Tall Arts And Crafts Pottery Nr.

Recent News: Art Pottery

Source: Google News

Celebrate art in Collingwood during Arts and Music Festival, July 25th

Visit the event to see unique items including fine art, pottery, wood turning, fibre art, soap stone, jewelry and more. The weekend also includes art demonstrations, childrens workshop and live music by Rythmix. The bird puppets made famous by the...Read more

Email Garth's Auctions August Eclectic Features Ohio Pottery & Much More
ArtfixDaily (blog), July 25th

Fine art pottery to be sold including New Orleans Newcomb College Vase by artist Henrietta Bailey(pictured far left). The vase is signed and marked “HD98" under the base and carries a presale estimate of $1,600-1,800. Garth's Auctioneers. Tweet...Read more

Kovels: Rookwood pottery may be most famous
Winston-Salem Journal, July 24th

The company now makes new items, architectural tiles and art pottery. The best of Rookwood sells for high prices, modern pieces for very little. But the company has always marked pieces with marks that can be dated. The most famous is the RP mark with ...Read more

'Arts at the Schoolhouse Show' in Round Pond this weekend
Boothbay Register, July 23rd

Art, pottery and more can be found at annual Arts at the Schoolhouse show in Round Pond's historic Washington Schoolhouse. Courtesy of the Round Pond Schoolhouse Association. The Round Pond Schoolhouse Association (RPSA) is hosting its annual ...Read more

Red Wing museum boasts largest US pottery collection
Fond du Lac Reporter, July 18th

The pottery manufacturer began business in 1877, stoneware was added in 1906 and pottery production ended in 1967. Besides dinnerware, Robin says factory employees made art pottery during shift breaks or other spare time. We collect items as a hobby, ...Read more

Paul: UGA's Newcomb pottery exhibit is a treasure
Online Athens, July 13th

The exhibition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study and enjoy a significant collection of major American art pottery and other works made in the South from the late 1890s to 1940. We are fortunate that this collection has been on display...Read more

Bigfork Museum of Art's Pottery Exhibit
Flathead Beacon, July 7th

The Bigfork Museum of Art and History will feature a nice cross-cut of Montana's pottery artists in its latest exhibit, “Montana Pottery II.” The show will run from July 11 to Aug. 9, and feature more than 20 potters and clay artists from all over...Read more

Hull Pottery enthusiasts to converge on Crooksville
Logan Daily News, July 3rd

Hull Pottery started out with stoneware and later progressed to kitchenware and finally on to the matte and semi-gloss pastel vases and art pottery. These range in more than 40 art ware patterns. The love of this pottery runs deep in the veins of its...Read more