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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Soapdish: Updated insider's guide to OTR and Downtown
Soapbox Cincinnati, May 25th

The circa 1921 main building includes a barrel-vaulted concourse, with a Rookwood Pottery entry arch, marble floors, Bottincino marble wainscot, metal trimmings, decorated ceilings, with fanciful medallions showing little children and frolicking...Read more

Peek inside Smale Riverfront Park's swanky new event space: PHOTOS
Cincinnati Business Courier (blog), May 19th

The Anderson Foundation was established in the late 1990s to support the causes the sisters championed during their lives and funded the new facility. The space features unique lighting and wall art from Rookwood Pottery. To take a look inside, click...Read more

A Name in History: Clement Barnhorn was a noted sculptor whose work can be ...
WCPO, May 12th

It featured 62 photos and examples of his sculpture including a Baldwin piano, altar relief for Maria Longworth Storer (founder of Rookwood Pottery) and a bronze portrait of Duveneck. Barnhorn's work, both private and public, is visible throughout the...Read more

Rookwood Pottery CEO Wade exits role
Columbus Dispatch, May 3rd

Martin Wade is leaving management of day-to-day operations at the Rookwood Pottery Co. Wade, 65, and his wife Marilyn – great-granddaughter of E.W. Scripps, who founded the nation's first big newspaper chain – have been majority owners in the ...Read more

Wade cuts back hours as head of Rookwood Pottery
Cincinnati Business Courier, April 29th

Rookwood Pottery is one of the city's most iconic brands, dating back to its 1880 founding by Maria Longworth and status as one of the best American ceramic art companies. “I like the excitement of taking risks and because entrepreneurship enables me...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, 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 readers toured the factory Nov...Read more

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Observer-Reporter, November 15th

Look at the bottom of a vase to identify it. This vase has marks indicating it is a piece of Rookwood pottery made in 1883 by a talented decorator. It auctioned for $5,290 at Humler & Nolan of Cincinnati. Unmarked it would have sold for much less...Read more