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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Kids' art adds personal touch to home décorJackson Sun, March 10th
The Butterfly Art Cable by Pottery Barn Kids is perfect for parents who want a temporary way to display their children's art. / Pottery Barn Kids. Written by. Melissa Kossler Dutton. Associated Press. Filed Under. Lifestyle. Children's artwork is...Read more
Sales offer range of hot items to break cold streakTribune-Review, March 9th
The sale includes “outsider” art sculptures, folk art, African and South American native arts, studio art pottery, Egyptian tapestry, dolls, Lenox crystal, furniture, Oriental rugs, Victrolas and tray lots of various merchandise. Maybe more curious...Read more
'Gathering in the Gap' seeks artisansKingsport Times News, March 9th
Items should include mediums such as textiles, handcrafted furniture, metalworking, artwork, jewelry making, original art, pottery, gourmet foods, basket making, instrument making, stained glass, soap making, etc. Artisans musts agree to sell complete, ...Read more
Entries sought for art show at Westland libraryHometownlife.com, March 7th
Original art including oils, acrylic, watercolors, pastels, collage, photo art, pottery, are being sought. Submit up to three entries for $30 and $5 for each additional piece. Join Three Cities Art Club for $25 for a membership good through August 2015...Read more
Louisiana Purchase Auction Total Driven by Strong Regional Art SalesMaine Antique Digest, March 6th
No Louisiana Purchase Auction would be complete without Newcomb art pottery. There were more than a dozen examples in the sale, of which the star was an impressive 1902 high-glaze vase, 11" high, decorated with a repeat pattern of calla lilies by Mary ...Read more
Rocky River man unearths Cowan pottery shards in his back yard (video)The Plain Dealer, February 21st
By comparing his shards with photos in the book and online images of Cowan pottery, Donnellan was able to match about 10 of his plaster molds and pottery pieces to photos of Cowan artwork, including the pedestal of a vase and a category of art pottery ...Read more
Artist series showcases art and pottery from coupleThe Tennessean, February 19th
The latest installment in The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty's Visiting Artist Series was launched at an opening reception Jan. 21 at the realty group's Green Hills office. The exhibit features the paintings of Gary Oglander and the...Read more
Exhibit of rare pottery at WCUWaynesville Smoky Mountain News, February 12th
art pottery Pottery from the private collection of Joan Byrd and George Rector will be on display Feb. 17 through May 9 in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. An artist's talk and reception is set for 5 p.m. March 20. The exhibit...Read more