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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The show and sale will include folk art, pottery and hand knitted and felted items. Appraisal day. TRAVERSE CITY — The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will host local art appraiser Don Butkovich from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, ...Read more
The Show Goes On: Jewelry Maker Takes on Fall Art EventLovely County Citizen, October 29th
But the show is still on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and still features fine art, pottery, jewelry, woodcraft and textiles by local and regional artists. Admission is by a donation of two food items or $3 to the Flint Street Food Bank. While the...Read more
Halloween happenings in Morris CountyDaily Record, October 29th
There are over 100 booths selling American, European and Asian furniture, silver, paintings, prints, posters, art, pottery and more. White Orchid Appraisals will do free appraisals, up to two items. The Morristown Armory is located at 430 Western Ave...Read more
Holiday BazaarsChico Enterprise-Record, October 29th
The 12th annual Artisans and Crafters Faire and Bake Sale will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Honey Run Covered Bridge in Butte Creek Canyon. There will be homemade crafts, woven textiles, jewelry soaps, wood, glass, garden art, pottery, jams and more...Read more
Cultural Arts Center unveils new membership driveDothan First, October 27th
Dothan, AL – The Cultural Arts Center announces its new membership drive entitled Hearts for the Arts. The membership program focuses not only on raising funds to support the Cultural Arts Center, but raising awareness about the positive impact the...Read more
D. Wilson Art Pottery & DesignHartford Courant, October 24th
For Manchester native David Wilson, the pursuit of pottery as a full-time profession dates to a ceramics class in ninth grade. "I loved it; it was a very peaceful thing in an otherwise chaotic time," says Wilson. It would be 20 years before he touched...Read more
Young at ART pottery sale in BangalowByron Shire News, October 23rd
Luca Young, 18 of Bangalow. His father, Doug Young, was a potter, a sale of his pottery will be held to fund Luca's future. Mireille Merlet-Shaw. Related Items. Bangalow gearing up for 115th show · A celebration of local music talent · Robert Campbell...Read more
SMC Museum of Art Pottery Exhibit Underscores the History of a People, TraditionLamorindaweekly, October 21st
SMC Museum of Art Pottery Exhibit Underscores the History of a People, Tradition. By Lou Fancher. Photos from the Collections of the Kansas City Museum and the Union Station, Kansas City. An exhibit of Southwest American Indian pottery at Saint Mary's ...Read more