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

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!

Have tips of your own and you'd like to share?  We'd love to hear from you!  Drop us a line and don't forget to sign up for the Just Art Pottery newsletter!

 Donna McGill – Just Art Pottery

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.

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.

Hampshire Pottery

Hamp1 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 Hamp 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.

Roseville Pottery – Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Roseville 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.

It’s All About the Timing for Art Pottery

Vase 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 Ewer 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”.

Just Art Pottery New Arrivals

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 Rook 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.

Is Insurance Really Necessary for Your Art Pottery?

Ewee The short answer to the question of whether insuring your art pottery collection is necessary, you should know that it is absolutely encouraged. That’s not going to do you much good, though, if you’re not sure why you’re insuring it – especially in this economy when we’re still watching every penny.  As many collectors can attest, there is nothing more heartbreaking than investing your time and money over the years and then lose it to a natural disaster or some other accident  – only to discover you were underinsured or recognizing that you weren’t insured at all.  Suddenly, your Plan B for retirement is no longer an option and your investment lost value faster than the subprime mortgage sector.

Another misconception many have is that their homeowner’s policy will cover art pottery losses.  The truth is, very few, if any allow American art pottery as part of a traditional homeowner’s policy.  This means, of course, you’ll likely need to purchase a separate policy or at the very least, find out for sure what is and is not covered.  That way, you can make better decision and won’t be so shocked should the unimaginable happen. 

If there is one piece of advice that you should take away from this article is the importance of keeping an accurate inventory and documenting every detail – including dates, how much you paid, who the seller was and other details.  Pictures go a long way should you ever have to file a claim and in fact, your insurer will likely want his own photos when the policy is taken out.  Videotaping is also another good idea.  Just remember to keep your documentation filed off site, if at all possible.  Ewer It’s just always a good idea to keep the records and documentation in a different location than where your art pottery collection is.    Many opt for a safety deposit box at their local banks while others simply keep it stored at a friend’s or family member’s home. 

As with most things in life, you’re always far better off when you take a proactive approach instead of reacting to worst case scenario.  Remember, too, Just Art Pottery offers an online appraisal service so that you can be sure all your bases are covered.