Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood pottery is a favorite of collectors for the quality of its pieces, which were hand-decorated by a diverse group of artists (though some simpler pieces were mass-produced, especially during the Depression).

Rookwood pieces were sold at the factory showroom and at jewelry and department stores nationwide. Drawing from European and Asian styles, the company was very involved with the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, and its pieces are still prized as some of the best examples of those styles.

In addition to its signature vases, Rookwood also produced architectural tile and smaller items such as bookends, paperweights and figurines. There were between 20 and 25 artists decorating pieces at the Rookwood factory at any given time (some of the most notable included Kataro Shirayamadani, Albert Valentine, Sara Sax, and Jens Jensen).

Rookwood’s artists were innovative and helped change the way art pottery was created and designed. Kataro Shirayamadani covered the entire piece with decoration versus just the front as was previously done, and Laura Fry created the atomizer, allowing artists to evenly apply glazes and use color gradations. In the early 1900s, Rookwood began using matte finishes and vellum glaze, a translucent matte glaze.

Collectors should note that the vast majority of Rookwood pieces are very clearly marked. Very early pieces say “Rookwood,” and later pieces (starting in the mid-1880s) feature the Rookwood logo: a backwards R and P side-by-side. Rookwood closed its factory in the 1960s, but the copyright has been continuously enforced.


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Rago Arts, Lambertville, New Jersey
Maine Antique Digest, April 24th

Rago used two online bidding platforms, its own RagoLive and Bidsquare, on Saturday and Sunday for early 20th-century design, glass, and ceramics, and modern design, and three bidding platforms on Friday for the lower-end “Mid-Mod” sale. All the...Read more

Fine and Decorative Arts Auction
Maine Antique Digest, April 23rd

Kitaro Shirayamadani (1865-1948), one of the most noted decorators at Rookwood Pottery Company, painted a landscape with a pair of rooks taking flight from a snowy clearing near pine trees. * Albert Valentien (1862-1925), a pottery decorator and head...Read more

Art program pairs college students, seniors to improve cognition
WLWT Cincinnati, April 23rd

Rookwood pottery donates tiles, glaze and will fire and frame the art for display at Cedar Village. Eventually the works of art will go home to the artists and their families. According to Lokon, one on one contact works best and volunteers need...Read more

Treasure: Rookwood prized among American art pottery
The Detroit News, April 23rd

Among American art pottery, Rookwood is at the top of the list. Founded by Maria Longworth Nichols in Cincinnati in 1880, the pottery found early success and recognition in 1883 at the Exhibition of American Art Industry in Philadelphia and the...Read more

Rookwood, Edie Harper studio team up for new products
Cincinnati.com, April 21st

Fans of Edie Harper will soon have a new way to incorporate her art into their lives. Rookwood Pottery Co. and the estate of artist Edie Harper, two Cincinnati art treasures, partnered to produce two of the late artist's silkscreen prints as ceramic...Read more

Business First's weekly roundup: Easter edition
Louisville Business First (blog), April 3rd

Participating companies include Bourbon Barrel Foods, Art Eatables, Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe, Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, Foxhollow Farm, Rookwood Pottery Co., Heine Brothers' Coffee, Groce Family Farms, Capriole Goat Cheese and Butchertown Sodas ...Read more

Rookwood Pottery owner plans $75 million development in Over-the-Rhine
Cincinnati Business Courier, November 26th

Wade, the owner of Rookwood Pottery Co., plans to develop a large chunk of properties around the historic Grammer's German restaurant at Walnut and East Liberty streets. The three-phase project would include nearly 100 apartments, 40,000 square feet of ...Read more

Rookwood Pottery adds daily tours through holidays
Cincinnati.com, November 18th

Recent tours hosted by The Rookwood Pottery Company at its Over-the-Rhine factory have been such a big hit that the company has decided to offer daily tours from Nov. 28 through Dec. 23. Forty Enquirer and Cincinnati.com readers toured the factory Nov...Read more