Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood pottery is a favorite of art pottery 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 in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 entire pieces with decoration versus just the front as was previously done, while Laura Fry created the atomizer, allowing artists to evenly apply glazes and use color gradations. In the early 1900s, Rookwood artists began using matte finishes and vellum glaze, a translucent matte glaze.

Collectors should note that the vast majority of Rookwood pieces are clearly marked. Early pieces say “Rookwood” and later pieces (starting in the mid-1880s) feature the Rookwood logo, which features a backwards R and P side-by-side. Rookwood closed its factory in the 1960s, but the copyright was continuously enforced. Then, in 2004, the company was revived in Cincinnati, where today Rookwood artisans continue to produce everything from vases to mugs to candlesticks.

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After the turkey: 2015 holiday events are here, November 24th

p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton. Vendors with German items, such as wax ornaments, beer steins, pyramids, nutcrackers, wooden toys, Rookwood pottery, Gluhwein, German beer and food...Read more

Michigan's Rush Antiques launches new site
Antique Trader, November 23rd

Brands included in their inventory are: Chinese Export Rose Medallion, Detroit Pewabic Pottery, Roseville, and Staffordshire, Rookwood, Tiffany and much more. Jere Rush also provides USPAP 2014–2015 compliant personal property appraisals for fine and ...Read more

Celebrate Cincinnati love Friday, November 18th

"Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them" also inspired a series of plates from Rookwood Pottery Co. and artist Pam Kravetz, which will be available with ticket purchase and for sale at the event. It's the first time the historic company has created a...Read more

Names From History: Kitaro Shirayamadani brought Japanese artistry to ...
WCPO, October 27th

CINCINNATI -- Most Cincinnatians had never seen anyone like 22-year-old Kitaro Shirayamadani when he arrived here in 1887 to throw and decorate pots for Maria Longworth Nichols ' Rookwood Pottery. For one, he was Japanese, by several accounts the ...Read more

Roseville, Hull and Rookwood art pottery pieces will lead Dillman estate sale ...
ArtfixDaily, October 26th

Additional Roseville vases will feature examples in the Laurel pattern, with yellow tones; and in the Silhouette pattern, with blue tones. Also sold will be a rare, 10-inch-tall Rookwood art pottery vase, marked and dated 1882, with rich dark brown...Read more

Rookwood Pottery has high hopes for Liberty Center store
WCPO, October 21st

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - It's a 23-mile drive from Rookwood Pottery Co.'s Over-the-Rhine headquarters to the Liberty Center development in Butler County. Or is it one small step in a retail strategy that could restore Rookwood as a national brand?...Read more

Rookwood Pottery to open boutique at Liberty Center
WLWT Cincinnati, October 12th

Like the Rookwood Pottery Co. store in downtown Cincinnati, the front of the store will carry art pottery. The back of the store will include a space for architectural installation displays and consultations, the company said. Rookwood's first retail...Read more

Rookwood Pottery CEO Wade exits role, April 28th

Martin Wade is leaving management of day-to-day operations at the Rookwood Pottery Co. Wade, 65, gathered Rookwood employees Monday to inform them of his exit, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting. He has served as the company's ...Read more