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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Fond du Lac Reporter, July 18th

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