The Rediscovery and Revival of an American Icon--An Illustrated History
by Bob Batchelor
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Pub Date 15 Sep 2020 | Archive Date 10 Sep 2020
Quarto Publishing Group – Rockport Publishing, Rockport Publishers
*2021 Independent Press Award Winner in the Category of Fine Arts*
Author and historian Bob Batchelor tells the compelling story of this artisanal ceramics company, still operating in the heart of the Ohio River Valley from its founding to present day. Filled with behind-the-scenes artist and creator interviews, stories of Rookwood’s avid collectors, as well as never-before-seen images and documents from the company’s historic archives, you will see why Rookwood remains a pillar of true craftsmanship.
The Rookwood Pottery was the most famous company making art pottery in the United States in the late nineteenth century into the twentieth century, achieving an international reputation and consistently promoting artistic innovation. Proud that the pottery was “an artist’s studio, not a factory,” Rookwood Pottery is known for its exceptionally fine glazes and successful experimental designs. By assimilating the strengths of myriad aesthetic movements from the American Art Pottery Movement to Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Rookwood Pottery encouraged decorators to try unusual subjects and to explore new techniques.
The Rookwood Pottery Company is located in the bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio—and it has been for decades. Pioneering artist Maria Longworth Nichols Storer founded the studio in the Queen City in 1880, building the business and laying the foundation for what Rookwood is today: a world-renowned artisanal ceramics company, operating in the heart of the Ohio River Valley.
From New York’s Grand Central Station to The Louvre in Paris, contemporary boutique hotels to historic homes, Rookwood has truly made its mark on the world in the past three centuries. And now, it’s embarking on the next chapter.
Today, Rookwood continues to build upon its rich heritage, creating high-quality pottery and architectural tile in the United States. With a team of just over 70 employees, Rookwood is deeply committed to its mission: cultivating artistic inspiration, giving back to the community, and balancing its rich legacy with forward-thinking momentum—ideas that are central to the Rookwood brand. The company takes pride in their process, their people, and their product, ultimately creating premier pieces with a story—and a one-of-a-kind luxury experience that can only be Rookwood.
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Average rating from 7 members
As someone who has dabbled in pottery, I love learning about those who have mastered the art. This was an interesting look at how a pottery business adapted to changes in pottery trends over the years. We also get highlights of various artists through the years. Added in are many photos of thr beautiful pottery produced by this company. This would be a great addition to the library in pottery studio or guild as inspiration to new and experienced potters.
I live in the same city that birthed Rookwood Pottery Company, and have had two homes with beautiful Rookwood-tiled fireplaces. The artisanal ceramics bring great luster to any setting, and can be found at The Louvre, New York’s Grand Central Station, boutique hotels, and historic homes owned by avid collectors. Loved reading the companies’s history — woman-founded and owned, celebrating its 140th year — and perusing the stunning color photos. Rookwood is known for its lovely glazes, innovative designs, and unique subjects. What a history, what a joy to read! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 15 Sep 2020 Thanks to the author, the Quarto Publishing Group - Rockport Publishing, and NetGalley for the early copy in exchange for my honest review. #Rookwood #NetGalley
This is a great book for anyone that is either a potter of interested in the history of pottery in America. Rookwood was started in 1880 by Marie Longworth Nicols Storer who wanted to achieve her vision of making home art to rival the makers in England and Europe, through her pottery factory. There are some very wonderful artists who contributed to his dream through the ages and the book introduces us to the style and the people thru time. And I think people would be familiar with some of the pieces made, or that may have, or still have in their home (or at least copies of them) An interesting book
Although the book is full of stunning photos of Rookwood pieces, the writing is more like one of those vanity press books written to celebrate a company's important anniversary. Buy the book for this pictures, not for the text.
I've recently been really interested in collecting unique pottery pieces, but had no idea about the history of pottery or famous potters. I decided Rookwood would be a great way to introduce myself to the world of pottery and learn more. Lucky for me, it was the perfect choice! I enjoyed every second of reading, and even recommended it to a friend who's been wanting to sign up for a pottery class. Overall, it was super insightful and well written. I'd highly recommend for anyone who's interested in pursuing pottery or even just a collector of local pottery like myself!