Archives for September 2010

New Trends, Timeless Inspiration

Frogs Have you ever been to a home décor store and thought, “Those lines are really similar to that Roseville vase I have at home”?  Maybe you’ve seen a decorative garden ceramic and wondered if it was inspired by the Weller Pottery Coppertone Fountain Frog?  We thought we’d take a look at some of the big selling home décor pieces this season and see how they compared with some of our favorite American art pottery pieces.  Take a look –

We found this green ceramic frog planter at a local Pier1.  Right next to him is the Weller Pottery Coppertone Frog Planter.  The high gloss looks great on the mass produced frog, but we’re drawn to the detail and decorative elements that can only be found on authentic Weller pottery.  Plus, we’re quite sure we won’t see the Weller guy on our next door neighbor’s patio, although there’s a good chance our open mouth frog is adorning several patios in the neighborhood.

Beautiful tile is in big demand these days.  They’re being used for anything you can imagine.  We found Tile this pretty tile, complete with a nature scene at Pier1, too.  We’re sure it will look great in any home,
but there’s no denying the blues and greens, along with the detailing and beveled features, that really set this Rookwood Pottery 1924 Tile Trivet poles apart from today’s mass produced tiles.  Note the blues used to depict the water scenes – big difference, right?  Besides, there’s a certain charm that’s missing from the more recent tile.

Ah – now take a look at the vases we’ve put side by side.  It’s remarkable how this Fulper vase has maintained it’s pristine gloss and lovely attributes.  The pink vase was found in Wal Mart and while it’s pretty as a picture (no pun intended), when placed next to this classic, you can see how the details truly make a difference.  You can be sure today’s Vases decorative pieces have no original detailing at all, this of course, in an effort to keep every piece “perfect” as it travels down the assembly line.  That’s the magic in American art pottery; the perfection is found in those slight nuances and tiny differences.  It reminds us that originality counts and that imperfections are not a bad thing; they never have been.  (If we could only convince our teenage girls of this mindset, right?)

So next time you’re browsing your favorite store, keep in mind, today’s trends are always inspired by yesterday’s art.



Roseville Ferella and Roseville Gardenia Lines

Roseville Ferella

The Roseville Ferella line, sometimes spelled as “Ferrella”, was a line of Roseville Pottery that was introduced in 1930.  It was a hit the moment it was released.  The tans and reds, and to some degree, the Ferella   greens, generally found in this line added a certain flair and remains a sought-after collection even today.  According to Mark Bassett, there were twenty four Roseville Ferella shapes, including flower blocks, flower frogs a footed bowl and vases. 

The line was named after then-art director Frank Ferrell, who was inspired by the work of Keramic Studio’s editor, Adelaid Alsop Robineau.  Most notable are the unique “piercings” along the necks and even the base of many of the Ferella pieces.  You’ll also notice beveling on some pieces as well as the textures that are carved in some of the vases; they provide a nice contrast to both the view and feel of the pieces. 

The Roseville Ferella line offers matted glazes and before Ferella completed what would soon become an incredible popular line, he ensured the carved lotus that was found in what eventually became his inspiration, was removed.

Many of the Ferella pieces command hundreds of dollars.

Roseville Gardenia

Always a favorite, the Roseville Gardenia was described in one of its advertisements in 1950, and upon its release, as a “truly thrilling beauty” of “large gardenias and green leaves on three softly blended background colors”.  Generally, these background colors incorporated either a brown or gray color, but as Bassett explains, it was the gray color that was more of a “typical 1950s color choice”.  Both are simply lovely, and especially with the matte glaze that’s typically found in this Roseville Pottery line.  There were either 39 or 40 shapes (the discrepancy is due to an advertisement that declared the total of forty shapes, while the factory stock pages only list thirty nine).

Gardenia  Of course, the gardenias that are found on this line of American art pottery are what differentiate them.  Regardless of which background color a piece has, the fact is, it really is a remarkable collection, complete with textures, carvings and with an incredible attention to detail.  In fact, in one advertisement, one of the Gardenia bowls is described as “exceptional, having a rim that is upswept into a sculptural feather-like shape at each end”.  The descriptions are absolutely accurate – this particular bowl is one any Roseville Pottery collector would cherish.

So what is your favorite Roseville Pottery line?  Drop us a line anytime and be sure to visit our brand new site, Art Pottery Place.  Here, you can bid, buy, sell or swap art pottery.  Registration is easy and it’s a great alternative to eBay.  

Art Pottery Place is Now Live

As many of our customers know, we have spent the summer months preparing for the big unveiling of Art Pottery Place.  We’re proud to announce that we brought it online this week!  We’re excited and it’s our hope you will be too. 

Header_brownlines Art Pottery Place is your source for buying and selling art pottery and is the eBay alternative for all things art pottery.  As many of you already know, Greg and Lana Myroth are the team behind Just Art Pottery and have been since its inception in 1997.  In that time, they have built the company into the reputable and reliable source for American and European pottery.  This is just a continuation of living their version of the American dream. 

Wondering what you can do on Art Pottery Place?  You can place a bid on any of the items listed and you can also create your own auction listings.  Registration is both easy and free.  Similar to eBay, you may, as the seller, set both a “Buy Now” price or accept offers, as well as participate in Dutch Auctions. Online auctions and fixed price sales are a lot of fun and we’ve designed our process in a streamlined manner so that you can make the most of your online art pottery buying and selling.

If you don’t wish to list your items within the auction or fixed price dynamics, you’re going to love our classified ads.  Here, you can upload images of your art pottery, communicate with potential buyers and set your asking price.  This too provides for a streamlined and easy to follow process so that you can stay focused on your buyers.  Once a buyer has shown interest and you complete the transaction, you can quickly pull your classified ad.

We know how much the art pottery community appreciates a good swap or trade for special vase.  We have incorporated this option into Art Pottery Place.  Upload your images, list your art pottery piece and then browse the other user’s offerings.  Find something you like?  Great! Just contact the owner and if he’s interested in any of your listings, you simply make the arrangements for shipment.  This is a fun new way of adding to your art pottery collection.

We offer several ways of searching the site for that special pottery vase, you’re going to enjoy a pleasurable visit to the Art Pottery Place site.  As always, we really appreciate your feedback – take a look around the site and then drop us a line and let us know your thoughts!  In the meantime, welcome to Art Pottery Place and we look forward to serving you with the same commitment to customer service and ethical business practices that you’ve come to expect from Just Art Pottery.

The Art Pottery Place Team

Roseville Pottery New Additions

Rosevilleblackbberry There are times when rare and beautiful American art pottery finds its way to us; when it’s Roseville Pottery, it certainly adds to the excitement.  That’s exactly what’s happened over the past few weeks.  We’ve been fortunate to purchase several nice collections of Roseville Pottery that includes both later floral patterns as well as quality middle period patterns such as Baneda and Blackberry.  There are a few ways to shop our Roseville inventory and newest additions.  Some collectors prefer to use the New Additions link to browse all the latest inventory updates. Others prefer to save time and go directly the Roseville Pattern index that allows customers to shop by specific patterns.  Still many feel, the best way to see it all on the Just Art Pottery website is to view the “All Roseville Pottery” tab, versus the pattern search.  Either way, you’re going to enjoy the time spent.  Here are just a few of these great finds:

There are currently several pieces from the Roseville Baneda line, which was introduced in 1932 and for a while, was considered one of Roseville’s more sought-after middle period patterns..  The first one likely to catch your eye is the Roseville Baneda 598-12 vase with low resting dual handles (there are a few vases with handle – each unique and with its own defining elements).  The easy curving features are subtle and the green glaze is infused with shades of blue and along the rim, you’ll notice a deep red or brown coloring – it all adds to the beauty of the collection.  The decorative elements are closer to the top, with oranges, golds and more distinct blues.  The Baneda green vase is in mint condition.

In addition to the latest Baneda additions, there are several new Roseville Blackberry vases, bowls and jardinières.  Over the last few months, Blackberry has been one of the most popular patterns and we have seen new additions to the highly-collectible middle period pattern sell quickly. 

There are also many inventory additions from Roseville's 1940s floral patterns.  Similar to the decorative motifs found in the Foxglove, Columbine and some say the Pine Cone lines, the Roseville Bittersweet gray Rosevillevaneda wall pocket offers an angled appearance.  The gray primary color, as well as the brown that is revealed closer to the bottom, is exactly what’s needed to frame the pretty poppy red flowers and green leaving designs.  You’ll notice the textures, too, on the wall pocket.  It’s in excellent condition and certainly one any collector of Roseville Pottery or wall pockets in general will appreciate.

As mentioned earlier, these are just a few of the new Roseville Pottery additions.  Browse them all and let us know which ones caught your eye.  Email us, send us a tweet @justartpottery or leave a comment.

Hurricanes and Art Pottery

In a recent Just Art Pottery post, we discussed ways to securely store your art pottery collection.  Vase Soon after, we received feedback from a woman who, in many ways, is an expert’s expert.  She knows too well the disappointment and really, the heartbreak, of losing things during a hurricane.  She tells us she managed to save much of her prized art pottery collection, but did lose a few pieces during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  She also provided a unique perspective on safely protecting your investment – whether it’s your Rookwood art pottery or your grandmother’s china collection.  And for those of us who live along the Gulf Coast, we spend six months of each year in hurricane season – protecting our investments is second nature.  Keep reading for Martha’s tips – I too learned a few new tricks for keeping my own art pottery pieces safe.

One of those tips that Martha provided that I hadn’t done in the past was to fill the interior of your vases, jardinières, umbrella stands, etc. with eco-friendly peanuts before wrapping with bubble wrap.  She also suggests using storage bags.  The bigger you can get is better; perhaps gallon size? Martha recommends ZipLoc freezer grade bags.  Use one bag for each art pottery piece.  Don’t forget to squeeze out all of the air before sealing.  There are a few good reasons for using storage bags.  One, you can easily label them and two, you can reuse them season after seasons but as Martha points out, one of the biggest reasons to use these plastic zip bags is to prevent water damage.  Some homes along the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coasts were completely underwater.  In Pascagoula, MS, my hometown, the water lines in some homes were as high as where the walls met the ceilings.  Water damage is always a potential with any kind of tropical system. 

There also exists the potential of the water being polluted with various chemicals and oils that could potentially ruin your piece, even if it isn’t broken – better to play it safe.

It’s this last tip, courtesy of Martha, that really was an eye opener.  She explains that she doesn’t use cardboard boxes to store her collections.  Her reasons?  The cardboard, if it gets wet, collapses.  That defeats the purpose.  Instead, she has invested in “Snap Boxes”.  They are made of sturdy plastic, they interlock and stack and the best part is that they collapse when you’re not using them.  This takes up a lot less room.  The Snap Box has vents – which as she explains, “water in, water out”.  This is a much better option!

As we gear up for the peak of hurricane season on September 10th, this is the ideal time to get organized for your prized Rookwood Pottery collection or your Teco Pottery vases.

Many thanks to Martha for her great ideas – and here’s to a continued 2010 hurricane season that’s not resulted in any landfall!

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 Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery