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 to Auction 2400+ Lots of Estate and Unreserved Property on September ...
ArtfixDaily (blog), 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

Maine Antique Digest, August 8th

“Lavinia”/”Autumn Breezes”/”The Tinsmith”/”Village Blacksmith” pitcher & others, Pr. 11 ¾” Satsuma vase w/people & Foo dog handles, Pr. of Minton framed Art pottery tile pics. w/man & woman etc., Royal Bayreuth “Nursery Tales” pin tray, Rookwood fig. sgn...Read more

Union Terminal murals in danger of losing their history at CVG
FOX19, August 4th

"This is one of two murals depicting Rookwood pottery, a business here in Cincinnati," said Gampfer. [See photos of the murals here]. Each of the murals depict a Cincinnati industry. The artist Winold Reiss traveled to several places in Cincinnati and...Read more

Platform rockers are not hot sellers
Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 2nd

She saw some French Haviland pottery at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and after experimenting she was able to make pottery with similar decorations. In 1880, she started the Rookwood pottery where they made white graniteware and yellow clay pieces...Read more

Joseph Rippe, co-founder of CPA firm, dies at 65, August 1st

In late 1977, Mr. Rippe, along with his family and other investors, bought the Highland Tower, the Rookwood Building and both the Celestial and Rookwood Pottery restaurants. Mr. Rippe served on the board of the Dan Beard Council for the Boy Scouts of ...Read more

Antiques | Rookwood tiles fetch high prices
The Courier-Journal, August 1st

She saw some French Haviland pottery at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition, and after experimenting she was able to make pottery with similar decorations. In 1880, she started the Rookwood pottery, where they made white graniteware and yellow clay pieces...Read more

Accounting firm founder Rippe dies
Cincinnati Business Courier, July 31st

Over the years, Rippe, his family and other investors bought the Highland Tower, the Rookwood Building and both the Celestial and Rookwood Pottery restaurants in Mount Adams. “Joe Rippe was an astute businessman, a great leader, a visionary and a ...Read more

Rookwood in business but older pottery most valuable
HeraldNet, July 24th

Rookwood pottery probably is the most famous of the art potteries made in the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries. It was started by Maria Longworth Nichols of Cincinnati in 1880, the first of many art potteries founded by women. She saw...Read more