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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Cincinnati CityBeat, September 17th

Two Cincinnati-based artists — Assistant Professor of Painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati Jimmy Baker and Rookwood Pottery artist Terence Hammonds — are included in the upcoming Crystal Bridges national survey of contemporary American artists, ...Read more

Artist Hammonds part of exclusive Crystal Bridges show, September 14th

Hammonds, 38, grew up in Over-the-Rhine, attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts. He is a printmaker at Rookwood Pottery. New Incline Theater tickets selling quickly; groundbreaking Tuesday: Opening summer season subscription tickets for ...Read more

Living on the Air in Cincinnati (blog), September 2nd

For part of the time I I lived in Cincinnati, I had a beautiful apartment in a grand old home in Mt. Adams. Socially, I hung out at The Blind Lemon for drinks and frequent The Rookwood Pottery for dinner. The Blind Lemon had an outdoor bonfire in its...Read more

Morse Museum in Winter Park 2014-15 season
Orlando Sentinel, August 28th

In this new exhibit, the Morse presents a representative group of the lovely gifts that survive from the Morse-Genius wedding, including Tiffany art glass, Rookwood pottery and Gorham silver. • Louis Comfort Tiffany's Laurelton Hall: Curator tours...Read more

Chris Rose carving out new niche with Arya, August 22nd

Rose is now running Arya Design Partners, the startup he launched in 2011 after being forced out as Rookwood Pottery's CEO in 2010 following a high-profile power struggle with two investors. Arya, which makes interior and exterior fixtures for...Read more

Rago to Auction 2400+ Lots of Estate and Unreserved Property on September ...
ArtfixDaily, August 20th

The sale begins with early 20th c. design, including pottery by George Ohr, Marblehead, Grueby, Teco, Van Briggle, Martin Bros., Rookwood, Fulper, Roseville and Weller; furniture by Stickley and Roycroft; glass by Lalique, Galle and Daum; and lighting...Read more