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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Nigel Kirk: Ilkeston vase was damaged but still valuableNottingham Post, January 23rd
Martinware was a unique type of Victorian 'art pottery' made by three eccentric brothers, Wallace, Edwin and Charles Martin, in Fulham and later Southall, London. Their small pottery began in 1873 and finally fizzled out in the early 1900s. All three...Read more
Perfecting the art of potteryRecord Bee, January 23rd
COBB >> In 1978, Gregg Lindsley spent the year hand-throwing thousands of ceramic pots under the guidance of master potter Dean Strawn. "He had me do a Japanese style apprenticeship," explained Lindsley. "I had to throw 2,000 pots all the same before I ...Read more
Bowled over by MFA's delightful ceramics showBoston Globe, January 22nd
The piece, by Adrian Saxe, is by no means my favorite, but it epitomizes changes that occurred in art pottery in the last decades of the 20th century. Purely formal and aesthetic concerns were overtaken by a new sense of self-aware play, extending into...Read more
Roundabout — What's Happening Jan. 22-28Salisbury Post, January 21st
30: The Guild Gallery participates in Downtown Concord Art Walk with 2D art, 3D visual art, photography, digital altered photography, fiber art, pottery on display from local artists and Guild members. Live music, finger food and beverages during Art Walk...Read more
West Hartford Happenings, Jan. 22, 2015West Hartford News, January 21st
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Even though there is no draft today, there is a need to be ready in case a National emergency requires Selective Service to provide additional personnel to augment volunteer U.S Forces. Selective Service is looking for men and ...Read more
Treasures: Doulton vase shows superb artistryNewHampshire.com, January 19th
They offered hand-painted porcelains from a number of English and continental manufacturers, as well as some American makers, such as Cincinnati's famous art pottery company, Rookwood. The company promoted American brilliant period cut glass and ...Read more
Travel Tips for Orlando History: 7 Places to Visit for History Buffs on VacationNewsmax.com, January 18th
The Morse Museum also displays American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting and decorative art. 5. The 1890 Windermere School: Also known as the Armstrong-Parramore House, the historic school is located in nearby ...Read more
Crafted in clay: The art of pottery in DelhiHindustan Times, January 9th
Years later, after training in ceramics in Japan and Korea, when Gurcharan Singh opened his own studio in Delhi, he named it Delhi Blue Art Pottery, and working with his teacher, created a "new Delhi Blue, different from the Egyptian Blue or Persian Blue."...Read more