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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Rookwood Pottery creates tile depicting library's 'Book Fountain'FOX19, November 26th
Offer a unique and timeless gift this holiday season to book lovers and collectors alike! In honor of the Public Library's 160th anniversary, Downtown Cincinnati Inc. has commissioned Cincinnati's own Rookwood Pottery to create a tile depicting the...Read more
Thanksgiving week eventsCincinnati.com, November 23rd
Winterfair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd., Covington. Juried fair of fine art and fine craft by more than 200 artists from across the country. Ceramics, glass...Read more
Rookwood Pottery Co. opens store in OTRWCPO, November 19th
"With Rookwood Pottery in full production, and with many of our customers asking for more convenient shopping hours, it makes sense to open the boutique," Hoffman said. "We can offer a more traditional shopping experience within steps of great shops...Read more
Rookwood Pottery opens OTR retail shopCincinnati.com (blog), November 18th
The signs weren't up but the doors were unlocked for a soft grand opening Friday of the first retail shop in the 133-year history of Cincinnati's venerable Rookwood Pottery. “This is a really neat little store and location,” said customer Terry Kessler...Read more
Home and garden eventsCincinnati.com, November 15th
All about Masonry: Brick, Stone, Stucco, 9 a.m.-noon, John Hauck House, 812 Dayton Street, West End. Learn how to match color and composition of original mortar and use right products to clean, patch and repair. Ages 18 and up. Benefits Cincinnati ...Read more
Art openings and eventsCincinnati.com, November 8th
Exhibit closes Sunday at 5 p.m. Free. 513-291-3626; www.washparkart.com. Second Saturday, 5-8 p.m., One Main Gallery, 1 Main St., Milford. Refreshments and opportunity to meet local artists. Variety of one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry and Rookwood Pottery...Read more