Archives for August 2011

Roseville Pottery: Center Pieces

One of the most enjoyable aspects of owning American art pottery is the ability to define an entire room around a single collection. This week, we take a look at a few of the Roseville Pottery center pieces.

Roseville Pottery is one of the most collected art pottery names in the world. The many patterns and shapes make it a wonderful choice for so many. While some folks like the idea of treating their pottery collections as investments only, there are many of us who can’t imagine not having our collections front and center. One way of doing that is by creating showcases.

Roseville Pottery Pine Cone

There were several Roseville Pottery center pieces made, including a beautiful and vibrant blue centerpiece that commands attention from the Roseville Pottery Pine Cone collection. It’s a grand presentation without being overwhelmed and part of what defines it is the way the colors play off one another. The pine cone in the center of the design pulls together the blue base with the auburn hued interior glaze. You can be sure those who are fortunate enough to own these centerpieces use them at the most special family gatherings. In fact, some hostesses coordinate their entire table around this blue beauty. With blue dinnerware and brown linens, it really is a great way to present an elegant meal.

Roseville Pottery Dawn

Another favorite in the Roseville family is found in the Roseville Pottery Dawn collection. There is a soft pink centerpiece that’s round in shape with a square base and two candleholders on either side. It’s accented with lighter blues and a splash of pale yellow serving as the flower’s center. Think afternoon tea with the ladies and you’ll have an idea of just how lovely and stated this centerpiece is. It was also made with a yellow glaze, too.

Roseville Pottery Crystalis

Feeling especially creative? Why not take a few of your favorite Roseville Pottery pieces and combine them to define your own eclectic look? For a more contemporary look, take a few of your Roseville Pottery Crystalis vases and group them together. What makes this so interesting is the different muted shades, textures and varying heights of the vases in this particular collection. Even the glazes can add a certain contrast that will play a pivotal role in the final outcome. The point is to make it your own. From there, the rest of your table’s presentation should fall into place, whether you choose matching linens and plates or you choose to let your imagination rule the direction. The holidays are coming up – you just might be surprised to learn you already have this year’s center piece for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals: Brush McCoy, Owens Pottery

Just Art Pottery has many new arrivals and if you haven’t checked out our New Arrivals Page, you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re a fan of Brush McCoy Pottery or Owens Pottery.

Owens Pottery

Owens Pottery is still operated by the family of M.L. Owens, who started the pottery company in 1895. It remains the oldest pottery in North Carolina and as anyone who collects this eclectic line can tell you, the quality and pride is still evident in the more contemporary pieces as it is in the older selections.

The Owens Pottery Utopian Vase, numbered 805 and shown here, includes a lovely high gloss that accents the blueberries and leave design efforts. They’re accented by gold and green in the leaves and shades of darker and lighter blues in the berries. It’s in mint condition with a small area of glaze miss on its base edge. There is no damage of any kind on this beautiful and unique shape. The wider base gracefully narrows to a small neck and it measures 5 inches in height and is 4 inches at its widest. It really is a remarkable addition to any Owens Pottery collection.

For those who like to collect the softer, more muted glosses will find much to appreciate in the Owens Pottery Matte Green Handled Vase. With dual handles on either side and beveled carvings for texture and dimension, this too makes a great addition to your American art pottery collection. It’s in factory original condition and measures 6 inches in height and is 4 3/4 inches wide.

Keep in mind, this particular line of art pottery differs from the J.B. Owens Pottery, who initially worked for Roseville Pottery. The Utopian line, which many equate with J.B. Owens, was begun in 1896. There were several setbacks, including two fires and of course, the Depression, which prevented this particular line of American art pottery from really come full circle. Still, it remains part of the art pottery sector that man remain loyal to – and for good reason.

Brush-McCoy Pottery

The “Brush” in Brush-McCoy comes from George Brush, who was the general manager of the McCoy Pottery Company in the early 1900s. In 1911, the pottery company changed its name to Brush-McCoy Pottery Company. What many don’t know is that following the death of J.W. McCoy, the name was changed once again in the mid-1920s to Brush Pottery Company.

The Brush McCoy Amaryllis Vase is a glorious combination of blues, browns and golds and is presented with a high gloss finish, which really completes the look. It’s elegant and sophisticated, which seems to be a new trend in American art pottery these days. This vase measures 4 1/4 inches tall and 2 3/4 inches wide. Currently, Just Art Pottery has two of these vases for those who are interested in owning a pair. It’s a strong investment and one that’s sure to add to the look of any room in your home.

These are just a few of the new arrivals we’re currently offering. If you’re looking for something specific, be sure to drop us a line and as always, if you have stories or photos you’d like to share, we love to see those too.