Archives for May 2010

Roseville Pottery – Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Roseville It’s been said imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but does that hold true for American art pottery makers?  If you have been around American art pottery for long you likely realize there have been many attempts to copy Roseville pottery pieces.  Unfortunately, many of these reproductions were mistakenly believed to be authentic Roseville, which led to many disappointed Roseville enthusiasts.  During the 1990s, there was a surge of Chinese imports of fake Roseville pottery.  Experts in art pottery are better adept at spotting the fakes than the casual collector.  With that thought in mind, here are a few things to keep in mind as you try to develop your own “eagle eye” for spotting these fakes and a few tips to ensure you don’t get taken:

·         The glazing efforts of fakes are never as rich and fluid as the real Roseville pottery.  Many say it’s “very dull” and lacks depth.  A true Roseville pottery piece has a translucent glaze that allows you to see the clay color.  Further, Roseville experts agree the leaves on authentic Roseville pottery offer more vivid coloring. 

·         Also, experts agree that you should familiarize yourself with the markings Roseville Pottery used over the years.  Many Chinese fakes often confuse the dating with the various markings that are indicative of a true Roseville.  If you’re not sure, do your homework, ask a Roseville Pottery expert or resist the urge to buy it until you are sure.

·         Only choose to purchase Roseville Pottery from those dealers who have superb reputations.  Also, Just Art Pottery offers an online book store where you can purchase books by Roseville Pottery experts such as Mark Bassett.  His many books offer invaluable information on American art pottery.

·         Finally, unless you’re choosing a piece for the sake of owning it, be sure to have your  Roseville pottery collections – and for that matter, any art pottery collection – both  appraised and insured.  

Collecting art pottery is a passion and there’s nothing more disappointing than losing a fellow collector who’s disheartened by investing in anything that’s not authentic.  For those who have collected art pottery for years, they know that moment when they discover a rare find that forever cements them to the art as a whole.  Everyone should know that thrill.

It’s All About the Timing for Art Pottery

Vase The economy affects not only our vacation plans and whether or not we put off the purchase of a new car for another year, but it also affects the art sector and specifically, American art pottery.  In fact, sectors of the art pottery market that were declining in value for the past few years are now beginning an upward climb – and this makes it a perfect time for investors and collectors alike. 

According to Antique Trader, a four inch Grueby vase dated 1905 recently sold for $4,000 at auction.  This is remarkable considering it was estimated to sell for less than $1,000.  Arnie Small, American Art Pottery Association’s president, says the time is right for those considering beginning a new collection of art pottery, “one that can be added to and upgraded in time”.  He goes on to say that art pottery has not only maintained its value, but has actually increased in value.  This, of course, is great news for those of us whose passion is American art pottery.

So what does this mean for the traditional investment buyer?  A year ago, many investors and collectors of  art pottery were purchasing in a more conservative manner.  They were often foregoing the $6,000 vases for those pieces that were priced at the lower end of their range.  Now, though, attention is being paid – as well as the money – for the higher end pieces.

Greg Myroth, owner of, agrees that the time is right to enter the art pottery market at any price point, partly because it’s such a broad market.  As our customers know, Just Art Pottery offers everything from small Roseville vases to investment quality and rare Rookwood and Newcomb College pottery pieces.  This, says Myroth, is part of the attraction for those who appreciate this sector of art.  And, as he points out, we all purchase our pottery not because of its Ewer monetary value, but because we like it and in fact, have a definitive area in our homes picked out  the moment we see that ‘can’t live without it’ vase. 

Now that the economy’s showing signs of finally improving, all eyes are once again on the incredible art pottery market and the beauty and history it provides collectors.  “And that”, says Myroth, “is what it’s all about”.