Pottery was founded in 1880 by Marie Longworth
Nichols. Rookwood pottery's initial work demonstrated
an Oriental and European influence. Throughout
Rookwood's years they mastered such diverse styles
as Victorian, art nouveau, arts and crafts, and
From the very beginning, Rookwood pottery's production
and quality standards exceeded virtually every
other American art pottery manufacturer. As a
result, Rookwood pottery achieved a greatness
that was second to none. Rookwood was one of the
few potteries to mark items as seconds for even
the most minute factory inconsistencies.
In the early 1900's Rookwood
pottery quickly moved into the arts and crafts
and art nouveau styles. During this time, Rookwood
introduced many of the more desirable and important
glazes such as Iris, Vellum, Sea Green, Ariel
Blue and painted mattes.
Around 1905, Rookwood pottery introduced its
production line of pottery. Rookwood's production
pottery was simply glazed and not artist decorated
or signed. As with most of the American art pottery
companies, Rookwood's best production pieces are
its earlier examples.
pottery employed over 120 artist and decorators
during its years of operation. Rookwood ended
production in 1960.
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