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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Twentieth-Century DesignMaine Antique Digest, September 1st
Rago started the weekend of sales with early 20th-century art pottery and Arts and Crafts furniture. He seems to own this market on the East Coast. David Rago is passionate about pottery and finds the best available for a loyal following. Phone bidders...Read more
November 2014 Heartland Antiques Show Gets Digital With Antique SocialVirtual-Strategy Magazine (press release), August 31st
The 85 dealers emphasize mid-19th century antiques, textiles, folk art, pottery, and all manners of accessories. The show will be held on Saturday, November 15, in Richmond, Indiana at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. Customers will find a variety of...Read more
Visual Arts & Museums listingsLexington Herald Leader, August 30th
The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Free. (859) 257-5716. Finearts.uky.edu/art-museum. Appalachian Art, Pottery and Quilts. Sept. 7-Nov. 2. Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington. Free. (859) 254-4497. Ccclex.org. Eat Well, Play Well...Read more
20th-Century Art and DesignMaine Antique Digest, August 30th
Traditionally, each sale opens with Arts and Crafts, including furniture, accessories, and art pottery (John Toomey and Don Treadway specialties). It then moves on to fine art, including paintings, prints, and works on paper, then moves on to 1950s and...Read more
Mukilteo's Waterfront Art Festival is Friday in new home at RosehillHeraldNet, August 28th
Proceeds from sales of paintings, glass, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, wearable art, pottery and photography will benefit the Arts Guild Student Scholarship Fund. Dimitry Gritsenko, a former recipient of the guild's scholarship, is the festival's...Read more
The vein of Hull Pottery still runs deep for one local communityPerry County Tribune (registration), August 26th
On the list of some of the most popular pieces of Hull are: lamps, art pottery, art wares from the 1950's; piggy banks, baskets, bookends, candleholders, cookie jars, dinnerware from the 1940's, and others. From the 1930's through the 1950's Hull...Read more
Red Wing potteryLeader-Telegram, August 25th
Besides dinnerware, Wipperling said factory employees made art pottery during shift breaks or other spare time. We collect items as a hobby, a challenge, an investment or a way to preserve a cherished, personal part of our past. For some of us, this is...Read more
One Day Getaway takes viewers to Pottery Capital of North CarolinaWECT-TV6, August 15th
"So you began to see a transition from the production of utensils stoneware and a bit more in the development of art pottery in the early nineteen hundreds," said Lindsey Lambert, Executive Director of the North Carolina Pottery Center. Many of the...Read more