Archives for April 2010

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

Visiting the Just Art Pottery new arrivals page is like the anticipation of unwrapping an unexpected gift. You can’t wait to see what awaits you.  You never know for sure what it is, but you’re never disappointed.  Whether you’re a casual art pottery collector or avidly seek new and hard to find American art pottery, there’s something for everyone.  Here are a few of the latest additions:

Clyde Burt Mid-Century Modern Pottery Vase – This is a rare ribbed vase with a black design element that at first sight appears to be random.  The glaze and deep brick color is superb and the vase it self is flawless with no seams, damage or repair.  It stands 6 ½” high and measures 5 ¼” in  width.  The artist, Clyde Burt, who was born in Melrose, Ohio in 1922, has work displayed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  His trademark design elements include the fine black abstract lines against solid colors. 

There are also two incredible Fulper Pottery pieces, including a Fulper Pottery Cats Eye Flambe  Fishing Man Statue.  The browns and deep blues are remarkable under the glossy finish.  Notice the Rook attention to detail, especially in the fisherman’s hand and legs.  This is the perfect centerpiece for a mantle or as the star in a curio cabinet.  It’s in excellent condition and while it’s a larger piece, it also is only 4” deep.  Its size comes in its height and width, measuring 12 ½” and 11 ¼” respectively.

The second Fulper Pottery piece also showcases a fisherman.  It too is large and is green, specifically, “cucumber green”.  A small restoration effort was made to correct a small chip.  It’s considered minor and is the only damage.  Another piece that only measures 4” in depth, it’s still considered a large piece. Note the lighter blue that plays off the black and green.  It comes together to define a truly lovely art pottery piece.

As always, these are not all-inclusive; there are many other new arrivals that you have to see to appreciate.  There is a well rounded inventory that includes Grueby Pottery and a few Hull Pottery vases.

Buyers of Pottery Must Cater to Women

"Buyers of Pottery Must Cater to Women"

That was a selling point made in 1905 by Roseville Pottery in an effort to drive even more demand for its very popular “mat green” finishes.  The advertisement, which can be seen in Mark Bassett’s Understanding Roseville Pottery, goes on to say that “All women love the rich dark shades of green because they are in harmony wherever placed”.  That’s very interesting, especially since green is Download one of those must-have colors in nearly any contemporary home décor.  And it’s true; women love green.  My bedroom walls are a sage green, there’s a deep green in my living room’s area rug and my guest room is green.  When one stops to consider his/her own choices, sometimes it’s only then a pattern is discovered.  The powers that be during the turn of the century at Roseville Pottery knew then what many of us still aren’t even aware of: there are those choices we make without even realizing we’re following a pattern, such as the case with my use of green throughout my home.

There were seven matt (or “mat”) green shapes that had openings that measured more than 5” in diameter.  This made them ideal for use as vases or even kerosene lamp bases.  Bassett points out the similarities of one of these styles with a popular Grueby lamp, mostly due to the vining, leaves and small flower buds.  Also in this Roseville Pottery line, one could find umbrella stands, jardinières and pedestal sets. 

Download1 The shapes in this Roseville Pottery line are remarkable.  Footed bowls and jardinières that begin with one element as the base and changes as it progresses until finally, the top reveals a perfectly formed bowl with intricate detailing are just a couple examples.  This really is a lovely line and if their goal was to entice women, I’m sure it worked and if it didn’t, it serves the purpose now, at least from a personal perspective.

Is Insurance Really Necessary for Your Art Pottery?

Ewee The short answer to the question of whether insuring your art pottery collection is necessary, you should know that it is absolutely encouraged. That’s not going to do you much good, though, if you’re not sure why you’re insuring it – especially in this economy when we’re still watching every penny.  As many collectors can attest, there is nothing more heartbreaking than investing your time and money over the years and then lose it to a natural disaster or some other accident  – only to discover you were underinsured or recognizing that you weren’t insured at all.  Suddenly, your Plan B for retirement is no longer an option and your investment lost value faster than the subprime mortgage sector.

Another misconception many have is that their homeowner’s policy will cover art pottery losses.  The truth is, very few, if any allow American art pottery as part of a traditional homeowner’s policy.  This means, of course, you’ll likely need to purchase a separate policy or at the very least, find out for sure what is and is not covered.  That way, you can make better decision and won’t be so shocked should the unimaginable happen. 

If there is one piece of advice that you should take away from this article is the importance of keeping an accurate inventory and documenting every detail – including dates, how much you paid, who the seller was and other details.  Pictures go a long way should you ever have to file a claim and in fact, your insurer will likely want his own photos when the policy is taken out.  Videotaping is also another good idea.  Just remember to keep your documentation filed off site, if at all possible.  Ewer It’s just always a good idea to keep the records and documentation in a different location than where your art pottery collection is.    Many opt for a safety deposit box at their local banks while others simply keep it stored at a friend’s or family member’s home. 

As with most things in life, you’re always far better off when you take a proactive approach instead of reacting to worst case scenario.  Remember, too, Just Art Pottery offers an online appraisal service so that you can be sure all your bases are covered. 

Upcoming Events for Art Pottery Enthusiasts

DSC_8039 Part of the art pottery experience is attending various shows and events throughout the year.  You always end up finding that one art pottery piece that completes your collection or maybe meet someone who shares your passion for McCoy cookie jars; and no one walks away from any of these shows without gaining a lot of valuable information.  With that thought in mind, here are a few upcoming events slated for Summer 2010 throughout the country.

If you’re going to be in the Philadelphia, PA area anytime during April, be sure to visit the “Potters Council 2010 Exhibition: FILL-adelphia”.  For more information, visit ceramicsartsdaily.org/potters-council.

One of the biggest art pottery events of the year will be the American Art Pottery Association Convention, Show and Auction held April 21-25 in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find out more at aapa.info.

On May 8, the Annual Cowan Pottery Symposium is being held in Rocky River, OH.  Visit cowanpottery.org or rrpl.org for more information on this upcoming symposium.

Right in the heart of American art pottery country, The Zanesville Museum of Art will show an exhibition of Ohio ceramics beginning May 8 and will run through August 7.  The event, “Deco” is a must see if you’re in the area over the summer.

Columbia, SC is home to the “Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramic Research Center, Arizona State University Collection” traveling exhibition slated for May 27 through September 5.  It’s being held at the Columbia Museum of Art and more information can be found at columbiamuseum.org.

Are you a fan of stoneware?  Check out the Brandywine River Museum’s exhibition of “Crocks, Jugs, and Jars: Decorated American Stoneware” between May 29 and July 18 in Chadds Ford, PA.

The North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society in Grand Forks, ND is hosting a convention June 11, 12 and 13 titled “Celebrating 100 Years of U.N.D.”.  If you’re interested, visit ndpcs.org.

“The Scarab Vase  – Celebrating 100 Years” is an exhibition that can be seen at the Everson Museum 2409 of Art in Syracuse, NY between June 12 and August 29.  Everson.org has all the details.

Finally, another Zanesville, OH event, “Pottery Lovers Reunion” can be seen beginning July 8 and July 11.  This is another must-see for pottery lovers everywhere.  Visit potterylovers.org for the specifics.

Have anything else to contribute to the list?  Drop us a line and we’ll do our best to get it posted.  Finally, don't forget to visit our site for all the latest additions and browse our bargain bin, too.