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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Cowan Pottery Museum Associates
The Pottery Studio
Clubs & Associations
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Art Pottery
Source: Google News
Beaver Valley Artists Holiday SaleTimesonline.com, November 30th
Small works of original fine art created by Beaver Valley Artists members. Includes art, pottery, jewelry, paintings, drawings, prints, photographs. Upcoming dates. Sat, Dec 5 @ 11:00 am · Sun, Dec 6 @ 1:00 pm · Download schedule. Schedules...Read more
Around ReadingWicked Local Reading, November 30th
Thursday, Dec. 3. Shop the Block: 5-9 p.m., in downtown Reading. Downtown Reading businesses will open their doors in an effort to encourage residents to spend their holiday shopping dollars close to home. The Shop the Block initiative began as an...Read more
Arts calendar for Nov. 29: Christmas concert, Holiday Trunk Show and moreThe Advocate, November 28th
THE SHOW WILL INCLUDE LOCAL ART, POTTERY AND JEWELRY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (225) 389-7210 OR VISIT lsumoa.org/node/470. ROSEDOWN PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE, 12501 LA. 10, ST. FRANCISVILLE, ANNUALLY ...Read more
Art Notes: Nov. 29 through Dec. 5News & Observer, November 28th
The Fine Arts League of Cary's 2015 Annual Member Exhibition and “Functional Art Pottery” by Kenneth Neilsen open with receptions from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. The Fine Arts League ...Read more
Annual fine art and crafts at WinterFair!The Courier-Journal, November 26th
The 25th annual WinterFair! is hosting its annual indoor festival of fine art and crafts. Browse unique gifts for your home and special people in your life. Up to 80 juried artists will display jewelry, textiles, wearable art, pottery, art glass...Read more
Ferree and Slack annual pottery and art show this SatudayAsheboro Courier Tribune, November 11th
PISGAH — Artists are always looking for ways to stretch their talents, to take risks and express themselves in ways that excite them. And so Lenton Slack and Mike Ferree decided twenty-some years ago that they would share their work with the public at...Read more
Pottery may be on TV, but it's best seen on an ordinary sideboardThe Guardian, November 6th
It was a sense confirmed by the week's other big pottery story: the sale of a remarkable collection of studio and fine art pottery discovered in a Leeds bungalow by a man who'd inherited the estate of his uncle, Alan Firth. As reported this was a...Read more
Pottery hoard to rival the V&A's is found in a Leeds bungalowTelegraph.co.uk, November 4th
From the outside it looked like a modest bungalow, but step inside and you would have discovered a treasure trove of ceramics that could rival the Victoria and Albert museum. For unbeknown to the family of the late Alan and Pat Firth, their home...Read more