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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Celebrate art in Collingwood during Arts and Music FestivalSimcoe.com, 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 MoreArtfixDaily (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 famousWinston-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 weekendBoothbay 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 collectionFond 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 treasureOnline 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 ExhibitFlathead 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 CrooksvilleLogan 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