Just Art Pottery is actively buying American art pottery. We are interested in single pieces or entire collections. We are able to offer nationwide pickup for many large collections and can coordinate safe shipping of your art pottery collection if required. Recently, Just Art Pottery has arranged safe pickup and shipment of large estate art pottery collections on both coasts as well as Michigan, Connecticut, and South West Florida.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
It’s been said Hampshire Pottery is similar to Grueby Pottery in many ways; in fact, many say they’re imitations of Grueby. Even the company itself said it was replicating Grueby’s efforts in a way to provide similar art pottery at lower prices. Perhaps the one major difference in the Hampshire pottery pieces is the fact each was molded, versus the hand throwing techniques of the Grueby Pottery efforts. Still, many experts insist there is enough that separates the two American art pottery wares that most people, certainly in contemporary day, can easily differentiate the two. Indeed, Hampshire Pottery had some beautiful creations that weren’t inspired (or copied, as some insist) by Grueby. We tend to agree. So individual they were that many are bringing in impressive sums of money today.
The original mill that was purchased by James Taft and his uncle in 1871 burned to the ground. The duo wasted no time in rebuilding the warehouse and within a year, were up and running with their efforts of creating flower pots and “redware”. All the while, they were also creating stoneware. Ten years later, the company decided to enter into the art pottery sector. It quickly became a family endeavor, as another brother in law was brought on board as a chemist who was responsible for creating more than 900 glaze “recipes” for use in the making of Hampshire Pottery.
A die stamp that reads “Hampshire Pottery” with a circled “M” can be found on nearly every Hampshire piece and the majority of these pieces are covered in a matte green glaze. The majority of Hampshire Pottery can be found as vases, mugs, lamp bases and bowls.
After a few family deaths, ironically, the company was sold out to Grueby Pottery. Grueby Pottery eventually closed the plant in 1923. We’re left with some truly beautiful wares, courtesy of Hampshire Pottery and its successful bids of creating American art pottery.
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.
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 JustArtPottery.com, 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 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”.
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 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.
There are some beauties just added to the Just Art Pottery New Arrivals page. The first thing that might catch your eye, as it did mine, is the Denbac French Pottery Vase. It incorporates those striking blues that so many of us are fond of, but the caramel drip is what really ensures it stands apart. It measures 9 ¾” tall and 4 ½” from its widest point. It’s a must have for European art pottery lovers.
The second item you might notice is the marigold-colored Door Pottery Curled Leaves Vase (shown at left). Again, this one incorporates a personal favorite element – the rounded appearance. The curled leaves give this vase texture and the hint of green that darkens closer to the vase’s bottom allows for a perfect contrast. It measures 6 ¼” in height and 6 ¼” in width. It’s in mint condition and incorporates those important elements that define quality contemporary art pottery.
Those who are especially fond of art pottery tiles will appreciate the Ephraim Faience Pottery Scenic Tile. Blue and white glazes combine for an interesting and quite pretty appearance. This tile is in excellent condition with two minute pops on the face of the tile.
Speaking of Ephraim Faience Pottery, a rare vase that incorporates swirling leaves has recently been added. It’s in mint condition with a bottom logo “A4”, which notates a trial glaze. It’s one of the two trial Ephraim Faience Pottery vases stamped “Mary Pratt” included on the Just Arrived page.
For the high end arts and crafts pottery collector, there is a nice collection of Newcomb College Pottery vases and a bowl that has just been added to the available inventory. The Newcomb bowl decorated with 4 o'clock flowers by Henrietta Bailey is my personal favorite.
Finally, a vintage Monmouth Sleepy Eye Pottery Pitcher Native American vase must be included in this post; partly because of the deep blue it incorporates, but mostly because of the overall appearance of this pitcher. It stands 8 ¾” tall and measures 9 ¼” wide. It really is a remarkable art pottery pitcher and the off white foundation gives way for the blue handle and Indian profile to take center stage.
See for yourself these and all the Just Art Pottery new arrivals. And as always, check back often – new arrivals move fast!
Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery