Under his command, the business went from a mere start-up to a thriving entity over the subsequent decades as demand for American art pottery continued to increase approaching the turn of the 20th century.Rookwood’s early pottery production was based on exquisite pieces originating in Japan and other influences gleaned from European ceramics.Neill Wilson, who was son of prominent Cincinnati architect James Keys Wilson.Each era of Rookwood work has its own unique character.Antique Rookwood Pottery is one collectible you should definitely look out for An American artistic legend established in 1880, by Maria Longworth Nicholas, Rookwood Pottery is an American pottery Company that has gained a formidable reputation as one of the finest in the world.In 1889 Rookwood surprised the ceramics community when it was awarded a Gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.The first ware came from the kiln on Thanksgiving Day of that year.Through years of experimentation with glazes and kiln temperatures, Rookwood pottery became a popular American art pottery, designed to be at least as decorative as it is useful.
She reportedly chose the name for the company after noting the many rooks, or crows, on her father’s estate and added “wood” in recognition of Wedgwood, according to In 1883, after much success in earning medals at the Exhibition of American Art Industry in Philadelphia and the Exposition Universelle in Paris, Nichols transferred her interest in the company to William W. Taylor had served as the firm’s manager since 1883.
Rookwood’s new Iris glaze, one of several introduced in the mid-1890s under Taylor’s direction, is attributed to Rookwood garnering the Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition in 1900.
The company continued to reap accolades over the next several years entering its wares in numerous competitions, as noted in In the 1910s, Rookwood embraced the Arts and Crafts movement.
Join us on June 23 24 for our annual Open House event at our Race Street showroom!
We will be introducing new product and architectural tile, one-of-a-kind and hand-thrown pieces, tours, refreshments and more! Read More On September 22-24, we will be hosting an Open House at our Race Street location!