Archives for February 2010

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

Rookwood The past several weeks, we've been fortunate enough to secure a small collection of several early Ephraim Faience Pottery pieces, including a rare Ephraim Faience Pine Cone wall pocket.  It is in mint condition with a logo on the back and stamped "Kevin Hicks".  This wall pocket measures 6 ¾" tall and 4" wide.  It's yet another testament to the arts and crafts look we've come to appreciate with Ephraim Faience pottery. 

Another new addition is a 1924 Rookwood Pottery vase.  What's remarkable about this vase is its octagon bottom and the contrasting shades of blue that are prominent in the vase's lines.  The neck begins narrow and round while the lines and corners are developed downward until the definitive octagon shape is created near the bottom.  It's quite elegant in appearance and is in mint condition.  The bottom marks include the date, shape mark and the logo.  It's one of those Rookwood pottery vases with bold elements that demand attention. 

That's not the only Rookwood vase with varying shades of blue.  There's also a 1927 Rookwood Pottery vase.  This one is round in shape, again with a smaller opening that gradually gets larger closer to the base.  The blue, while lovely, is hard to describe, but dramatic and unique in its appearance.  It stands 5 ¼" tall and is mint condition.  The bottom includes the logo, date mark and the shape number.

As usual, there's that one vase, jardinière or wall pocket that catches my eye for its angles or size or glaze or even its coloring.  This time, it's the double-handled Roseville Pottery Assortment Vase.  It's a particular shade of deep green with eggshell colored flowers.  The vase's opening is finished with a glossy brown that extends into the vase itself and also is a perfect contrast with the primary green color and off-white flowers.  It's the glossy finish, though, that really completes the dramatic Wallpocket appearance.  Also, the handles themselves have a few decorative elements; small notches that again, add to the vase's beauty.

To give you an idea of how quickly the New Arrivals page changes, as I was preparing this latest post, I had included a Rookwood bowl.  Not surprisingly, it sold before I could get this latest post completed.  If you're looking for rare pieces that have just arrived, now's the time to act.  You never know when an art pottery item will go from the new arrival status to sold.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Roseville Art Pottery's Frank Ferrel

Bittersweet It's always interesting to know a back story or two about the American art pottery companies that are still so sought-after by today's pottery collectors.  One of Roseville Pottery's art directors was Frank Ferrel, who came aboard in 1918 and made his mark on Roseville pottery until the plant's closing in 1954.  Ferrel took over Harry Rhead's responsibilities (who, by the way, was Frederick Rhead's brother) and played a role in all the lines Roseville Pottery released during this time period, including later floral patterns such as Bittersweet, White Rose and of course, Zephyr Lily, which was one of the last lines released by Roseville Art Pottery prior to its 1954 closing.   In Weller, Roseville and related Zanesville Art Pottery and Tiles, written by Betty Ward and Nancy Schiffer, it's said Ferrel's personal favorite Roseville line was Pine Cone; it comes as no surprise, that he preferred the greens and browns that were prevalent in many of the Roseville art pottery collections during these years.  The Pine Cone line had been rejected nearly twenty five years earlier by Peters and Reed, so having it as part of Roseville Pottery's offerings was probably near and dear to Ferrel's heart.

In Ferrel's later years at Roseville he was well known for his productions that included embossed designs, but required no traditional freehand efforts by artists.  It's said to have been less time consuming and even less expensive than incorporating true freehand artistic touches, but it was also incredibly difficult to turn a profit using this method, partly because of the dual glaze dippings this method required.  This, too, was prior to World War II, so Zephyr one can imagine how impossible it would have been to even attempt the embossed designs during and following the war, when there was never enough of anything.  Another interesting bit of information – next time you come across a Roseville Pottery jardinière, basket or Roseville vase, you can thank Frank Ferrel.

Be sure to take a look at Just Art Pottery's inventory of the Pine Cone Collection and others that Frank Ferrel influenced during his time with Roseville Art Pottery.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Ephraim Faience Pottery

Anigif  As all Ephraim Faience Pottery fans know, this art pottery company still releases its hand thrown and decorated vases and other pottery in limited edition.  The photographs you see here just reinforce our appreciation of this modern art pottery line, each one with a striking background, courtesy of fellow Ephraim collectors Steve and Rose.  Steve has masterfully managed to incorporate elements of nature and used it to highlight the intricacies Ephraim Faience art pottery is so well known for.  Notice the Ephraim Trillium vase – this is one that remains as popular now as it was when it was released. The greens play off the whites in the flower for a soft glow that's incredibly difficult to replicate.  

We also have several current as well as early experimental examples of Ephraim Faience Pottery available on our New Products page, so if you're looking to add to your own collection, be sure to check these out.  Of course, you can always view Just Art Pottery's Ephraim Faience Pottery page for even more hard to find pieces from this investment quality contemporary art pottery.. 

Have your own photos that capture the elegance and beauty of Ephraim Faience Pottery?  Drop us a line, we'd love to hear your stories and see your images.  Also, if you haven't signed up for Just Art Pottery's newsletter, now's a great time to do so.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery