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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Auction to sell huge collection of Bretby Art PotteryBurton Mail, February 28th
A total of 1,963 items of Bretby Art Pottery have been bought from a London collector by the Magic Attic, a Swadlincote-based archive history group. Much of the haul has been split into 420 lots which will go on sale in an auction at Sharpe's Pottery...Read more
Pottery Museum sings its volunteers' praisesRepublican Eagle, February 19th
The museum is staged chronologically, starting guests with the first pieces made in 1877,then showcasing stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware through the decades. The gift shop, library, and meeting rooms are also available for guests. "The meeting...Read more
Business Spotlight: Customers get creative at Greg's Art, Pottery & GiftsFayetteville Observer, February 17th
Aoife McAndrews, left, and Sophie Schultis paint ceramic characters at Greg's Art, Pottery and Gifts on Maxwell Street. Children can select their project from a wide range of figures and any paint colors they want. Business Spotlight: Customers get...Read more
The Nick Rocke Collection at Woolley & WallisTelegraph.co.uk, February 16th
On Wednesday February 25 at their Salisbury Salesrooms, Woolley & Wallis are auctioning the Nick Rocke (1957-2014) Collection of art pottery, furniture, and fine art. As with many of the relatively few private collections that justify an auction in...Read more
Art of California Faience on displayChico Enterprise-Record, February 15th
Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience's most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, Hispano-Moresque, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles...Read more
Ruskin, Pilkington, Dame Lucie Rie, Bernard Moore art pottery from Nicholas ...Blackmore Vale Magazine, February 13th
The private collection of British art pottery of a former pupil of Bryanston School will be offered as a single owner sale on Wednesday 25th February at 11.00am at Woolley & Wallis Salisbury salerooms. The sale will contain collections of Ruskin and ...Read more
Art Club seeking artists for annual Westland exhibitHometownlife.com, February 12th
Original art, including oils, acrylic, watercolors, pastels, collage, photo art, pottery, is being sought for the show which will be April 17-20 at the Westland library. Artists can submit up to three entries for $30 and pay $5 for each additional...Read more
Young artist revives traditional pottery craftVietNamNet Bridge, February 10th
A visiting artist opened Quang's eyes to the potential of pottery. "At first, I don't know what art pottery is," Quang said. "What he made looked like mostly twisted jars and I didn't understand. But he taught me that art comes in many forms and that...Read more