Just Art Pottery Bargain Bin

Mccoybue Have you browsed the Just Art Pottery bargain bin lately?  There are many hard to find pieces available, including several art deco vases.  The bargain bin was introduced late last year and since then, it’s been one of Just Art Pottery’s most popular pages.  It was a great way to introduce affordable art pottery and the rich histories of some of the most well known and respected American art pottery companies.  In fact, the broad selection provides for some of the more eclectic pieces as well as many of the more traditional designs we’re most familiar with.  Take a look at some of the offerings:

Beatrice Wood Pottery Volcanic Glazed Chalice – This spectacular chalice is in excellent condition and is dated to the mid 20th century.  Despite the small nick along the inner rim, it remains an incredible work of art.  As many may know, Beatrice Wood, after studying with Glen Lukens, further perfected her abilities under the direction of Gertrud and Otto Natzler.  There’s no denying her artistic flair, though as she defined her own look as her career progressed and matured.

There are also quite a few McCoy pieces, too.  From a McCoy handled vase that’s in mint condition with a glossy glaze to a McCoy Fawn Planter that many may not even know exists, either of these two would be an ideal addition for a McCoy  collector.  Speaking of McCoy, there’s an especially lovely ribbon vase available.  Feminine and even dainty, this delicate blue McCoy vase is in excellent condition and measures 9” in height and 7” wide.  Notice the glaze on this vase, too.

If you’re a fan of French pottery, don’t miss the Metenier French Pottery pieces.  These are fine pieces as the deep blues and grays blend together to define a more contemporary look.  Notice the shapes- wide vase bellies and narrow necks that flow easily throughout the designs.  There’s no DSCN1042_t2006_3_7_13_55_57_q90_f14_82x100 missing the French themes, either.

These are only a few of the many art pottery pieces available on the Just Art Pottery bargain bin page and like the new arrivals page, be sure to check back often as inventory can change from day to day.


Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

Dickmanvase Every couple of weeks, we like to take a look at the new arrivals at Just Art Pottery.  You never know what treasures await you – Roseville Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, maybe a hard to find Teco Pottery vase.  Greg and his team have once again wowed American art pottery enthusiasts with the latest inventory additions.

If you're a big fan, as I am, of Ephraim Faience Pottery, then you have to see the latest additions from this varied but always lovely line of studio pottery.  Be sure to see the Ephraim Faience Pottery Panther Vase.  This experimental piece is in mint condition with absolutely no chips, damage or repairs of any kind.  The vase is noted as an experimental piece by the "E" on the bottom. The vase also marked by Ephraim founder Kevin Hicks.  The piece is 2 ¾" in height and measures 4" in width.  It's definitely a must have for admirers of this line of pottery.

If you like the colorful and whimsical side of Ephraim Faience Pottery, the experimental Turtle Vase that was just added is going to catch your eye.  The 7 ½" vase includes two turtles, which are quite detailed, as they're making their way out of the leaf design and up the smaller neck.  It is really a lovely vase and the brown and green coloring makes it a perfect fit in any collection. It too is stamped with an "E" and "Mary Pratt"Eph1

There are also a few Kenton Hills vases available.  Both considered hard to find, notice the reds that really stand out against these white vases.  These are sure to move fast.  Finally, there are several Rookwood Pottery production pieces, most dated between 1914 and 1925 and each in mint condition.  As always, we recommend you heading over to the New Arrivals page soon, as they don't tend to keep their new arrival statuses very long.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Haeger Pottery

Haegermarigold Founded in 1871, Haeger Pottery remains the oldest American art pottery company.  Still in business after almost 135 years, there is a rich history associated with this Illinois pottery company.  What began as an effort to supply the millions of bricks Chicago was in desperate need of following the great fire of 1871 soon became a massive art pottery company.

The Haeger Pottery website notates "Adam and Eve" as the initial design from the first collection of art pottery.  The Haeger glaze line was perfected on this collection, too.  Before long, the milk bottle kiln was introduced and a major chapter in American art was written.  Immediately following this kiln, the company devoted its attention to creating relatively simple clay flower pots that were being used in florists across the country.  While they served their purposes, the company wished to take a more artistic route.  It was during this time Martin Stangl left Fulper Pottery and came to work for the Haeger family as they continued the transition into a more sophisticated and definitive art pottery company.  Once the artistic aspects were addressed and other artists had been hired, Stangl then left Haeger Pottery and returned to his former employer, Fulper Pottery. 

Finally, in 1934, construction began on what would become the nation's largest ceramic factory.  It soon became a major tourist attraction and it is estimated five million people would tour the new factory over the next several years. 

Some of the artists who would play a role in this line of American pottery included:

  • Norma Pierce
  • Wilhelmina Post
  • Gertrude Priest
  • Ellen R. Farrington
  • Florence S. Liley
  • Lillian Newman
  • Anna V Lingley
  • Ruth Erickson
  • Gertrude Stanwood; and
  • Kiiche Yamada

In the mid-1930s, Royal Hickman came on board and along with Haeger, developed the "Royal Haeger" line.  It's especially remarkable due to the gracious designs and glossy glaze lines.  While every piece was extremely popular, it was the black panthers that were in big demand.  A rich inky Haegerorange black along with a  glossy finish is what defines the Haeger black panthers, which were made in three sizes. 

Still in the family, Haeger Pottery continues the tradition that began as the result of a single fire that wiped out an entire city.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

3952 If you haven't taken a look in the past several days at the new arrivals on the Just Art Pottery site, you're in for a treat.  I don't believe I have ever seen a more beautiful Rookwood Pottery Ewer.  The intricate detailing via silver overlay is simply astonishing.  The ewer's dark glaze works with the silver overlay to present an elegance that's simply unmatched.  Even better is its mint condition; all too many times a jewel such as this 1893 production is found only to be accompanied by some degree of damage.  Not this time, though.  There are no chips, cracks or damage of any kind on this beauty.

There's also a Hull Pottery bow knot basket that's delicate and feminine in its appearance.  Hull fans know how vivid the colors are in this art pottery line and it's only one of the reasons we're so drawn to it.  This is another mint condition piece with no damage at all.  The bottom is marked "Hull Art, USA" B.25-6 1/2.  This Hull basket measures 6 ½ " tall and 5 ¾ " wide. 

If you're a fan of the Roseville Pottery Apple Blossom patterns, you'll want to see the two new pieces just added to the Just Art Pottery inventory.  One of the taller ewer designs and a unique Apple Blossom basket, both in green and both in mint condition, were added in the past few days. They're beautiful when paired together as part of a collection or as stand alone pieces you wish to showcase.  The Roseville Apple Blossom patterns are quite popular and in demand. 

Of course, these are just a few of the new arrivals.  See them all here or visit the Just Art Pottery homepage for a listing of all the various art pottery lines we carry.  Also, we'd love to hear what you 4613 think of the Rookwood Pottery ewer mentioned above.  Drop us a line here.  As always, we welcome your stories of how you came upon your favorite American art pottery.  Send us your story!

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Decorating for the Holidays with American Art Pottery


We know how beautiful art pottery is in our homes.  It adds elegance and beauty to any home décor.  But how often do we incorporate it into our holiday design schemes?  We get so wrapped up in making sure the turkey's perfect, the cream cheese icing is just sweet enough and the table is flawless in its presentation.  Here are a few ideas that will bring that elegance to your holiday decorating by incorporating your art pottery collection:

  • Do you collect Roseville pitchers?  If so, why not make a centerpiece for your dinner table or dress up your dining accent table with a few of your favorites?  Just keep in mind little ones who are as excited about the holidays as we are.  Be sure to keep them protected as you showcase them.
  • The Roseville Pottery Snowberry Tea Set is another beautiful way to adorn your dining area.  Place it near the coffee pot, hot tea or hot chocolate area to beautifully designate the area.
  • Line your counter area with your McCoy cookie jar collections.  The delightful characters McCoy is so well known for will have the little ones asking which one the cookies are hidden in.
  • Place decorative soaps into one your art pottery baskets (think Rookwood) in your bathroom for an elegant touch.  Be sure to coordinate the soap color with the basket color.
  • Place after-dinner mints in one of your hearty Fulper Art Pottery bowls.
  • Select your favorite Van Briggle vase to place a dried floral arrangement as your dining table centerpiece.
  • Collect Teco Art Pottery vases?  They make a stunning collage when grouped together on a mantelpiece.  Combine the aquas, browns and blues for even more flair.  Accent them with sprigs of holly for more color.
  • Arrange your wall pockets in your dining room for an instant conversation piece.Teaset

It's important to remember to only use those pieces in ways you're most comfortable with.  Although you want to showcase your art pottery collection, remember it's an investment and if you're uncomfortable with any of it being too easily accessed by excited kids or slippery fingers, play it safe.  There are ways to incorporate the great American art potters' work in other ways that protect them. 

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

November New Arrivals

New inventory is something we always look forward to at JustArtPottery.com.  It's a chance to see Grueby first-hand the beauty of some of the most incredible American art pottery found anywhere in the world.  We study it, research it and generally "oooh and aaahh" over it until, of course, we have to let it go.  November saw the addition of several examples of American art pottery that's becoming increasingly difficult to locate.  Keep reading for some of our favorites we're fortunate enough to have in our inventory – for now, anyway.

We added a nice collection of early Ephraim Faience pottery including several rare and investment quality first year vases as well as a beautiful Century Studios Dragonfly vase.  There were only fifty of the Dragonfly vases made.  The dragonfly rests upside down and the pottery shape begins with a narrow neck and gradually increases until it begins to recede in diameter again.  It's a beautiful piece and will be a treasure to anyone who adds it to their personal collection.

Several impressive and rarely seen examples of Fulper pottery, direct from a large estate fresh collection, are also available. The Fulper additions include rare Buddha bookends, figural flower frogs, and several very decorative vases.  If you're a fan of arts and crafts pottery you're in for a treat.  We have several very nice examples of Teco, Newcomb and Grueby.  Be sure to check out one of my personal favorites – a 9 ½" Grueby arts & crafts vase in a stunningly understated matte caramel glaze.  It's in excellent condition with only two tiny repairs on its rim.  Finally, you owe it to Teco yourself to see the Teco American Terra Cotta Chicago Pottery Double Tray.  It's the angry man design that is sure to be the ideal conversation starter.  Its small stature is more than made up for in the attention to detail.  This is another rare find, to be sure.

This is just a few of the highlights; as we have many new items recently added to our inventory.  Take a look and if you're in the market for something specific, drop us a line – we might be able to help.

Just Art Pottery's New Way to Search for Roseville Art Pottery

Bookends We have recently added a Roseville 'search by shape' function to the JustArtPottery.com website.  We know sometimes our website users are looking for a particular shape or maybe they wish to see the latest inventory of Roseville vases or maybe Roseville ashtrays. This new search option gets you the right page fast.  This is just another tool our customers and collectors can use when visiting our site.  Because we have 500+ Roseville pottery pieces at any given time, it can become a bit overwhelming.  The 'search by shape function' is broken down into twenty-five categories, which allows for a more streamlined approach and makes locating the newest inventory even easier. Of course, we still have the pattern search as well as the broader search option for all Roseville pottery. 

The categories in the Roseville shape include:

Try the new feature out and send us your feedback.  We're always open to suggestions for making DSC_3416 the JustArtPottery.com site a better experience for all its users. 

Don't forget we also offer appraisal services and visit our article database and online book store too.  We have a selection of art pottery books that make great gifts!

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery


Another Unexpected Art Pottery Find

Newcomb College vase 8 inches tall 6-04-09 004s Last week, we told you about a valuable Newcomb Pottery vase that was found in a thrift store and sold for more than $3,000.  If you thought it was a fluke, think again.  This week, we received an email from a fellow art pottery collector who also found a rare Newcomb vase where he least expected.  On one of his regular visits to his local thrift store in search of collectibles for his curio cabinet (or as his wife calls it, "another piece of junk"), he found himself in a conversation with some of the other collectors who frequented the same store.  One had just found a treasure in one of the carts.  No one recognized it immediately; however, it was only priced at $4.99, so he figured "why not?"  After all, he could trash those plastic leaves, clean up the vase and add it to his collection.

After he got home, he began his search to discover what exactly he had just invested in.  Before the vase could be called "another piece of junk" by his lovely wife, he found out it was a 1925 Newcomb vase by Anna Frances Simpson!  Even more exciting was the realization of it being thrown by Joseph Meyer.  You may know Joseph Meyer ceased throwing in the mid-1920s.  The vase, which is 8" tall and 5" at its widest, is valued between $2,000 and $3,000!  I could be wrong, but I'm thinking the Mrs. will be Newcomb College vase 8 inches tall 6-04-09 018 accompanying him during his future treasure hunts.

This is another example of how beautiful art is sometimes found in the most unlikely places.  This time, a cart that had just been wheeled out of a thrift store's back warehouse was where this rare Newcomb art pottery was discovered. 

We love hearing these stories so be sure to share yours with us.  You never know who might be inspired by your tale.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery


Why American Art Pottery Makes A Great Gift

Ah, you can sense it in the air – the colder weather is on its way and that means the traditional 2897 holiday season is nearing as well.  If you're like me, you know how difficult it is to buy for that one person on your list; you know- the one who has everything, marches to the beat of his or her own drum and has excellent taste in everything from clothing fashion to home décor.  That's a tough one to buy for, no doubt.

We just might have a solution or two.  Have you considered art pottery?  There are many reasons a beautiful Roseville basket or a Van Briggle vase would make an excellent Christmas gift and since the holidays are closing in, we thought now was a good time to give our readers a few of those reasons (and a few gift ideas, too).

1.       It's absolutely unique.  Although there may be several Roseville Ming Tree baskets, each one is as individual as the person receiving the gift.  It has its own history, markings and even shading nuances that make it an original.

2.       It's valuable – and odds are, it will continue to increase in value.  It is an excellent way to contribute to the young and newly married couple's future.

3.       It can be the beginning of defining a family heirloom.  You know that Carnival Glass fruit bowl your wife cherishes because it belonged to her great grandmother?  Well, before it was officially deemed a family heirloom, you can be sure it began as a gift or trinket.  Heirlooms don't become heirlooms when they're bought, they're given and each time it passes down, it increases in value – both sentimental and monetary.

4.       It is an ideal way to expand the receiver's horizons.  Many people, when they think of art, might not initially consider art pottery.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce others to the beauty and value of American art pottery.

Is there a piece of art pottery that was given to you as a gift?  Was it the gateway into what is now your prized collection of McCoy cookie jars or Newcomb College pottery?  We would love to hear your story.  Drop us a line and share your favorite memories.

Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

Thinking of Upgrading Your Pottery Collection?

Most of us, as we're beginning to collect and appreciate art pottery, will begin our collections with smaller pieces.  Perhaps we started with a few McCoy cookie jars and realized somewhere along the way a real passion for American pottery.  We become more comfortable with recognizing true McCoy and know what to look for.  We learn how to differentiate between natural swirls in the glazes and attempts to repair damages and certainly can spot a fake almost instinctively.  Our confidence increases and we're far more comfortable with the process as a whole.

Now what?  If you're like me, you realized long ago that satisfaction that comes in finding a great buy on a piece you've patiently waited to come available.  But now that you're more confident in the process, maybe it's time to upgrade and expand your collection with a few


higher end pieces.  It can almost feel as though you're beginning the learning process again.  And in a way, you are.  Before, you might have taken a risk on a particular McCoy vase with the knowledge that even if you discovered it wasn't genuine, you still had a that perfect vase that completed your mantelpiece.  You hadn't invested too much money in it, so you still could rest assure it was something you truly wanted and if it wasn't authentic, it'd be a lesson learned in the process.  Sometimes, it's those kinds of risks or "leaps of faith" we take that provide the best learning curves.   But now, you've discovered a particular cookie jar that's going to cost significantly more than what you've spent in the past.  It's time to upgrade.

Take those lessons learned and apply them to this new-found McCoy pottery piece.  Use the same precautions you're now accustomed to.  It's important to be confident in your decision making process. 

Let's say you've carefully researched a McCoy Mammy Jar.  You know its value; you've carefully studied the colors and every detail and are confident that you can recognize a fake from an authentic jar.  And you know if you find one, it will become your biggest single pottery investment.  Oh, but it would be stunning in its place amongst your other McCoy jars.  This would be the perfect upgrade for your collection. 

A few tips to keep in mind before you sign the check:

· Ask the seller or dealer about his return policy

· Do your homework – research the height and weight of the true Mammy Jars and use that as a guide

· If you're on eBay, read the feedback – it can be your first best clue as to how the seller does business

· If the seller has ten of the same McCoy cookie jar that you know is becoming difficult to find, this could be a sign that this isn't the kind of upgrade you had in mind

If you're uncertain, have doubts or just a gut feeling that something's not quite right, take a step back and rethink it.  You want to upgrade, but you don't want to be taken.