Archives for August 2010

Quick Tips for Safely Packing and Shipping Art Pottery

MP900438677 From time to time, we put tips and other helpful ideas for properly packaging art pottery for shipping.  Sometimes, new packing materials become available – which is happening in greater frequencies these days due to more companies becoming eco-friendly and other times, we’re reminded of just how important this process is when we receive a delivery that’s been damaged in transit.   So with that in mind, we thought it’d be a good time to see what’s new and which traditional methods still serve their purpose in the world of shipping.

The newest products on the market include those that are not only recyclable, but also incorporate sustainable soy inks and dyes.  Everything from boxes with 100% post consumer recycled fiber to soy based eurathane foam are now easily located in nearly any office supply store in the country.  These allow for safe shipping while also protecting the environment.  These boxes are also found with water resistant adhesives that are eco friendly as well.

The fact is, there’s very little these days that does not offer at least some degree of recycled material.  Even tape – specifically rubber tape – that you use to seal a box is recycled as is the plastic bubble wrap that’s been a favorite for years.

Still, that doesn’t lessen the need to take every precaution to prevent damage.  You always want to choose the smallest box possible that will safely store your art pottery investment during its journey.  Always add a layer of eco-friendly peanuts or other padding to the bottom before your valuable.  From there, ensure the sides are properly padded and then apply padding – peanuts or air bags, for instance, to the top.  After you’re satisfied with it, you’ll want to be sure the corners and Pottery openings on the shipping box are reinforced.  If you’re concerned that the box isn’t sturdy enough to serve its purpose, your best bet is likely to find one that is.  The last thing you want to worry about is whether it’s being damaged in transit.

Following these tips, along with a bit of common sense, will serve you well in all of your shipping efforts.

Newcomb Pottery Exhibition – Tulane University

New Fans of Newcomb Pottery have an opportunity to visit the Newcomb Art Gallery, located on the Tulane University campus, for what’s sure to be an incredible viewing of pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection.  The exhibition is available between August 24 and October 17, 2010.  Here are a few things you’ll discover:

The recent acquisition of a large 1902 vase, complete with stylized rock purslane motif, will be on display within the Angela Gregory Gallery.  Another rare opportunity is presented with the showing of the Hollyhock vase.  You’ll remember this vase, decorated in 1900 by Ada Lonnegan, was a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s 1984 exhibition, Newcomb Pottery: An Enterprise for Southern Women, 1895-1940. 

This exhibition, which was organized by the gallery’s own Sally Main, who is also the gallery’s Senior Curator, and in consultation with Newcomb Art Department Emeritus Professor Dr. Jessie Poesch, will also showcase previously stored and rarely seen Newcomb Pottery pieces.  This exhibition will run simultaneously with Voices Inside: The Form and Function of Baskets.

The gallery, and Tulane University as a whole, suffered damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Since then, and with much personal sacrifice, the staff has worked tirelessly to rebuild the gallery and is once again drawing international audiences.  This is a perfect time to make your way to New Orleans.  It’s beautiful this time of year and the city itself offers much culture and character. 

To get you ready for the exhibition, browse through our collection of Newcomb Pottery and if you’d New1 like more information on the Newcomb Pottery Gallery, Tulane University or the exhibition itself, be sure to visit the site at or call 504-314-2406.  Again, this is an event that’s not likely to repeat anytime in the near future, so if at all possible, Newcomb Pottery fans should try to attend.

New Arrivals at Just Art Pottery

Tile It’s that time again – we have received several beautiful pieces into the Just Art Pottery inventory.  As always, keep in mind our New Arrivals page is updated weekly and on those rare occasions, even daily, so be sure to check often for the most current availability. 

One of the most exciting pieces that’s receiving a lot of attention is the Brush McCoy Pottery Twisted Vase.  This 10 ¼” tall vase is stunning and frankly, it’s one of those pieces that the photos simply do not do justice.  There is a pencil-tip size fleck on its rim, but is in excellent condition with no other chips, cracks, damage or repairs of any kind.  The bottom is marked “774” and the vase measures 5 ¼” wide.  It’s a true must-have for those who adore McCoy Pottery.

There’s no missing the vibrancy of colors and glaze of the Owens Pottery Four Footed vase.  It too is in excellent condition and bears the logo, 1155B and a label that states it’s from the collection of Frank L. Hahn.  It measures 6” tall and is 6 ¼” wide.  It’s really a lovely piece with texture, contrasting colors and a unique shape.

If you’re a Rookwood Pottery fan, you’re in for a treat.  We have recently added several Rookwood pieces, including a 1903 Iris Glaze vase.  It’s in mint condition with stunning artwork.  It has absolutely no damage or repairs of any kind.  The green leaving against the white background color is just beautiful. 

Another Rookwood piece is the Geese paperweight, dated 1917.  The matte blue glaze is the first  Artpottery thing that will catch your eye and the attention to detail is amazing.  It’s in mint condition and measures 4” tall and is 5” wide.

Be sure to see all of the Rookwood Pottery new arrivals – there is sure to be something for everyone who appreciates this line of American art pottery.

These are just a few of the many new arrivals.  If you’re looking for something specific, be sure to drop us an email and let us know.  We never know when it might come available.

Donna McGill



Collecting and Decorating with Art Pottery Shapes

Jard Most of us have our favorite art pottery collections.  Whether it’s the glaze lines associated with Rookwood Pottery or the architectural pieces that are part of Teco Pottery, there’s usually something that pulls us back, again and again, to our favorite pottery line.

There are those who, much as they’re loyal to their favorite pottery lines, collect the pieces or similar shapes across the lines.  Vases, jardinières, pitchers and wall pockets are just a few forms that make up pottery collections.  A collection of book ends or umbrella stands can really bring a room to life.  The textures and contrasts play off the others, bringing art pottery collecting to a new level.  Consider these:

·         Candle Holders – Candle holders are a great place to start.  The varying heights add dimension and you can easily find those that follow a similar color scheme or design.  Try a pair of Roseville Pottery Velmoss Scroll Candle Holders grouped with the Weller Pottery Roma Comport Vases.  While both are taller, the Weller vases measure 9” in height and the Roseville Pottery holders measure 10” in height, they both begin with the lighter ivory colors and that allow the greens and reds to play off of.  Note the design elements along the bottom of the Weller vases and the textures provided via the vining and flowers on the Roseville Pottery candle holders.

·         Jardinieres also provide many opportunities to combine different elements.  From a smaller, rounded and footed Roseville Pottery jardiniere to a smaller console bowl, there are many ways to really allow your creative efforts take over.  Imagine the glossy grays and darker blues serving as a beautiful background for the cherries along the rim of the Weller Pottery Etna Four Handled Jardiniere.  Continue the color trend with a taller Roseville Pottery Snowberry Blue Jardiniere.  The height differences are significant, so select a few other pieces that allow those height sizes to flow seamlessly.

Remember it’s all about creating a look that defines your preferences and your personality.  The Candle sky’s the limit.  The best part, of course, is the versatility of any collection.  You can always add, take away and move around your various collections.  While you might have loved that collection of candle holders on your dining room table, you might now believe it will be a beautiful addition to your mantle piece.  That should always be your guiding factor – whatever you think works best in your home.