Cowan Pottery Centennial Celebration

There’s a lot to be celebrated in the American art pottery sector these days. The Cowan Pottery Museum is currently celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of this well known and beloved art pottery company. It began this spring and will run through the fall of 2013.

As Cowan Pottery fans know, this American art pottery opened in 1912 and was originally located in Lakewood, Ohio. It mainly produced architectural tiles, but also made a line of vases and bowls called “Lakewood Ware”. This continued until World War I when Mr. Cowan closed his studio so that he could serve in the Army.

Upon his return from war in 1920, he made the decision to move the studio so that he could focus on more commercial designs, which wasn’t uncommon during this period following the war. He employed students from the Cleveland Institute of Art and soon, he was back to the more creative side of American art pottery.

Cowan Pottery was soon gaining recognition and collection awards and eventually, he went international and sold to several retailers in Canada. And just as many companies focused on practical matters following the war, Cowan Party and the rest of the nation began focusing on what would become of their homes, businesses and lives now that they’d been hit by the Depression. By December 1931, the pottery had closed. Fortunately, we’re left with those same original buildings and in fact, one is a museum that houses many of Cowan Pottery pieces. One line includes Victor Schreckengost’s line of Jazz Bowls, which were originally created for Eleanor Roosevelt and can be seen in Cleveland’s Museum of Art.

Naturally, the centennial celebration is an important part of the region’s history.

Among the many celebrations, fans can enjoy events hosted by CPMA, the Cowan Pottery Museum and other regional Arts and Historical organizations. Rest assured – there are many.

August and September brings the opportunity for an art study group in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Art and Ingalls Library. The dates run through the end of September and coincide with the special exhibit, “Youth & Beauty: The Art of the American 1920s”.

Also, if you’re going to be in the area on September 9, you might wish to consider the Lakewood House Tour, where you’ll get to see things the public is rarely given access to.

There are also film festivals and other historical events that will coincide with the celebration. Visit the Cleveland Museum of Art’s website for more information on any of the events and exhibit as a whole. Other websites include and You’ll be able to access all of the events from either of these sites.

Trenton Makes Pottery: The Stoneware of James Rhodes

Photo: PhillyBurbs

Many avid art pottery collectors might remember the exciting find in 2000 when builders excavated part of Trenton New Jersey only to find thousands of broken pieces of James Rhodes stoneware. There were remains of gray salt glazed stoneware, including teapots, plates, bowls, cups and much more. Since then, it’s been researched and examined and the findings are nothing short of remarkable. 13,000 sherds and pieces of kiln furniture (items used to help in stacking pots in the kiln during firing) were retrieved from this particular site, where the kiln is still intact, buried beneath the tunnel roadway.

Rhodes was known for the cobalt blue glazes on his art pottery and the familiar signings that included molded faces on the bottoms of his pieces.

Several years later, another discovery was made about a mile away from the original site and it’s since been linked to Rhodes. This only further cemented Trenton’s rich history and reaffirms it was indeed one of the two epicenters of the early American art pottery movement. The first, of course, was -and remains – in Ohio.

The Potteries of Trenton Society has documented more than fifty art pottery makers and manufacturers that dotted the area by the turn of the century and for many years, there were millions of tiles, art pottery, everyday dishes and even fine china that were shipped out of the area for destinations around the country and around the world.

Now, the city of Trenton is preparing for an exciting new show that will last for months.

Beginning September 14th 2012 and running through January 13 2013, the Potteries of Trenton Society will display not only those thousands of pieces unearthed in 2000, but will also showcase more than 50 of the manufacturers that called Trenton home. The “Trenton Makes Pottery: The Stoneware of James Rhodes, 1774-1784” has much in store for area residents and visitors. The stoneware pottery of James Rhodes, one of the few known American stoneware potters of the colonial period, is the star of the exhibit that’s being curated by Richard Hunter, Rebecca White, and Nancy Hunter. Rhodes had a successful pottery-making business on a property adjoining the Eagle Tavern site, where his first boss was creating stoneware. It was all combined later s part of the tavern property.

Visitors can enjoy lecturers and speeches by some of the most well respected archaeological consultants in the nation. In fact, on September 30, Richard Hunter will be the first of those consultants who will address fans of American art pottery.

It truly is a once in a lifetime event and if you’re planning a vacation, this is certainly worth consideration.

8th Annual Potters Market Invitational

Each year for the past seven years, the Mint Museum Randolph hosts an event that brings together North Carolina’s best potters. For one day, sculptures, vessels and art pottery are offered to both collectors and non-collectors to purchase. This year, the date is September 15th. Admission begins at 10:00 a.m. and it runs until 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and if you arrive after 2:00 p.m., admission is $8.

It’s an outdoor event and the weather in September is usually spectacular. You’ll also find great deals on those “must have” works of art. There will be plenty of live music and we’re especially excited about the pottery making demonstrations. You’ll have the option of bringing a picnic basket or you can purchase lunch onsite from Delectables by Holly, a local caterer.

This year’s honorary chairperson is Manhattan-born Herb Cohen. This incredibly talented artist began “throwing” on the potter’s wheel at the tender age of six. Naturally, he continued his passion throughout his life. He’s a graduate from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He’s had an amazing career in some of the most respected companies, including the Hyalyn Porcelain Company in Hickory, North Carolina. By the late 1950s, Cohen was making his contribution to The Mint Museum as the exhibitions director. He’s credited with putting the American art pottery movement into gear in that regions. For these reasons, and many more, Herb Cohen was named honorary chairperson for this year’s exhibition. The fact that The Mint Museum is celebrating its 75th year is an added sentimentality.

A few of this year’s potters who have their own exhibitions at the event include:

  • Steve Abee
  • Michel Bayne
  • Cynthia Bringle
  • Josh Copus
  • Donna Craven
  • Jeff Dean and Stephanie Martin
  • Judith Duff
  • Steven Forbes de-Soule
  • Terry Gess
  • Bruce Gholson and Samantha Henneke
  • Hiroshi Sueyoshi
  • Liz Zlot Summerfield
  • Tzadi Turrow
  • Julie Wiggins
  • Joy Tanner

This is just a partial list, of course, and you can learn more about the artists and The Mint Museum here.

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, this just might be a fine event to attend. Also, for those wishing to sponsor the event, you can do so by calling Jan Durr at 704-635-7694.


The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention

This is the time of the year that art pottery lovers come together. The 2012 American Art Pottery Convention is gearing up and will be in Cleveland Ohio later this month. We have the schedule of events for what’s sure to be a great time.

The dates for this year’s convention are April 19 through April 22.

A Note About the Hotel

The host hotel this year is Holiday Inn Cleveland South – Independence. It’s recently underwent a major renovation and now offers 364 stunning guestrooms and is one of the largest in the area. It’s located just 15 minutes from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. It’s not too late to make your reservations, either. You can do so by visiting the website at or by calling 216-524-8050

Schedule of Events

On Thursday, April 19th, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., there’s a tour of the Museum of Ceramics and Homer Laughlin Fiesta and China. If you’ve never visited the museum, it’s an absolute must. Even those who have spent a considerable amount of time in the art pottery family know the value of this tour. It’s sure to inspire.

The registration tables will also be open at 9 a.m.

At 6:30 p.m., a welcome reception and cocktail party is being hosted. (Note there will be a cash bar available). There’ll be prize drawings and giveaways and of course, plenty of networking opportunities.

On Friday, there’s plenty to do. There will be two seminars, with the first one beginning at 9 a.m. Understanding and Collecting Pillin Pottery by Jerry Kline runs until 10:15 and then, at 10:30, you can attend The Many Phases of Van Briggle. This seminar is hosted by Kathy Honea. It runs from 10:30 am. until 11:45 a.m.

The preview for the art pottery auction runs for two hours beginning at 2:30. There will also be a book signing and a “Meet the Authors” event between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The art pottery auction begins at 4:30 and your auctioneer is Peter Gehres.

Saturday provides one more seminar, Richard D. Mohr’s “Tiles I’ve Known and Loved”, which is slated for 9:15 a.m. and expected to run until 10:45 a.m.

For registered members of the convention, you’re afforded the opportunity to preview the AAPA Show and Sale beginning at 11 a.m. This runs until noon, at which time, the public is allowed to preview the sale.

On Sunday, the annual business meeting begins at 9:30 and runs until approximately 10:45. At 11 a.m., the AAPA Art Pottery Show and Sale runs until approximately 4 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the convention, you can visit the American Art Pottery Association’s convention page at

American Art Pottery Shows

One of the most important things art pottery lovers do to stay current on various goings-on is to attend American art pottery shows.

Each year, there are hundreds of conventions, seminars and shows for all things art pottery. Some are established events that draw people from all over the world while others tend to stay small and target regional fans and collectors. A quick search and a bit of research is all it takes to find the many upcoming shows, which is exactly what we did. Here are three annual shows that grow each year – in vendors and visitors. All are worth attending and are ideal venues for networking with others who share the same appreciation as you.

Zanesville Pottery Lovers Festival 2012

Every year in July, thousands show up to participate in the Zanesville Pottery Lovers Festival. It’s an exciting four day event in Zanesville, Ohio that allows endless networking opportunities, art pottery auctions and sellers who are eager to strike deals. The host hotel allows sellers to set up their wares in their rooms, where buyers and other collectors mingle in and out of the many impromptu shops. The experience itself is certainly worth it, and finding that rare Roseville or Weller pottery piece you’ve been searching for is the icing on the cake.

American Art Pottery Association Annual Convention

Another big player in the art pottery arena is the AAPA and it too hosts its own annual show in late April/early May. It takes place in Philadelphia. If you’re an AAPA member, you’ll enjoy a discount on your tickets and like the Zanesville festival, there are auctions and seminars by some of the nation’s leading art pottery experts. Any new book releases in the arena usually means an opportunity for you to get your copy autographed by the author, whoever it might be. Also, a bus tour is available and highly recommended, especially if you’ve never toured the Trenton City Museum within the Ellarslie Mansion.

Bay Area Pottery Show

This annual event occurs in February in San Jose, California. This is a good choice because of the versatility of the pottery. From Van Briggle to Brush McCoy, you’re sure to find your favorite pottery while discovering a new favorite in the process. Take advantage of the many lectures and talks that are part of the offering, too.

These are just a few of the many events and again, a quick search will reveal those in your region of the country. The benefits are many and these shows are always an easy way to strengthen your network while meeting new people in the process.

Newcomb Pottery Collection for Sale at Auction

Just Art Pottery Auctions is pleased to have the opportunity to sell a nice five piece collection of Newcomb College pottery that is fresh to the market from an estate collection from

Newcomb Collection for Sale at Auction

Louisiana.  The collection includes three nice vases, a low bowl and a decorative creamer.   The Newcomb pieces are being offered for auction in the sale ending March 6, 2011.  Online bidding is currently available through as well as

All five pieces are in mint condition without damage or repair and are being sold with no reserve.   The collection offers examples from three of Newcomb’s more recognized decorators including Sadie Irvine, Anna Frances Simpson, and Henrietta Bailey.

Each piece of Newcomb pottery is hand decorated and artist initialed and represents the true sense of the arts and crafts movement.  Most collectors consider Newcomb an investment quality art pottery.

Newcomb Pottery was unofficially started in 1894 when Mary Sheerer was brought from Cincinnati to teach pottery and china decoration at Newcomb College.   The first public exhibition and sale of art pottery produced at the College occurred in 1896.  Over the fifty years the Pottery was in existence over 60,000 hand decorated pieces of Newcomb were produced.

To bid on the Newcomb collection or 150 additional quality pieces of American art pottery go to or

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit or contact Greg Myroth at

Rare Roseville Vase In March 6, 2011 Auction

Without question the rarest vase in Just Art Pottery Auctions current auction ending March 6, 2011 is the Roseville vase decorated with fish.  The vase is a one-of-a-kind example of hand-decorated

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale At Auction

Roseville pottery at its best.  The vase descended through the family of a Roseville Pottery employee and this is the first time it has been offered for sale.

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale on

There are eight raised fish and seaweed around the perimeter of the vase. The fish are finished in a glossy pearl glaze.  The base glaze is textured, mottled and rough finished in shades of green and blue with copper highlights.  The Roseville vase stands right at 10″ tall and 6″ wide.  When we received the vase from the estate there were three small and harmless base edge chips. These chips have been professionally restored.  The rare Roseville vase is being offered at no reserve with a low starting bid of $2,500.  The pre-sale estimate on the vase is $5,000 to $7,500.

Below is the interesting story of  the history of the Roseville vase as told by a member of the Fraunfelter family.

We received four Roseville vases from Helen Fraunfelter Fogle in 1990.  Helen was the daughter of George Elias Fraunfelter, who ran Fraunfelter China until it was forced into bankruptcy in the late1930’s.  She was the granddaughter of Charles D. Fraunfelter, who worked for Roseville Pottery as Sales Manager until 1915 when he purchased the Ohio Pottery Company which eventually became Fraunfelter China.  Charles D. Fraunfelter’s wife’s uncle was George Emerson who was President of Roseville Pottery in 1899.

Roseville Fish Vase For Sale on

Helen Fogle had an eye for collecting and she came into possession of the four Roseville vases upon the death of George Elias Fraunfelter (George was the principal heir of George Emerson).  Two of the vases bear the “Mongol” imprint on the bottom.  The vase with the fish intrigued my aunt as she said she had not seen anything like it.  It was her wish that I distribute three pieces to her nieces and nephew and retain the Roseville vase with the fish.

Bidding on the Roseville Fish Vase or 150 additional pieces of American art pottery is currently available in the online auction between now and March 6, 2011 at or

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit our website or contact Greg Myroth at

Roseville Fish Vase At Auction

Bottom Marks of Roseville Fish Vase

Just Art Pottery Auctions

Since 1997, Just Art Pottery has provided collectors of American art pottery with some of the most well known and respected pottery lines in the world, including Roseville Pottery, Van Briggle, Rookwood, Newcomb College, Weller and many more. With the addition of Just Art Pottery Auctions, we have expanded our reach while providing yet another service to the art pottery community. We’re both very excited and quite proud of this project. Because it’s important our name symbolizes ethical business practices, competitive pricing and a wide variety of selections, you can be sure you’ll receive the same service and quality the Just Art Pottery brand is known for.  Whether you’re a new collector or the seasoned professional looking for investment quality art pottery, we invite you to take a look. We’re sure you’ll be as excited as we are.

The Just Art Pottery Auction site provides online bidding, absentee bidding, as well as an option for telephone bidding. Pottery buyers can bid in complete confidence knowing there are no hidden reserve prices and that the condition of each and every piece of pottery is clearly stated in the description and fully guaranteed.

Pottery buyers participating in the current online auction scheduled to close March 6, 2011 will discover one-of-a-kind Roseville Pottery pieces; investment quality examples of Weller and Rookwood pottery; an estate fresh Newcomb Pottery collection from Louisiana; a small collection of contemporary Ephraim Pottery from St. Louis and much more. Interested bidders can register and bid now until March 6, 2011 at or has regular live internet based auctions where all sale prices will be determined by competitive bidding by auction participants. Each item up for bid is shown with crisp photographs and the condition descriptions are all-inclusive, complete and fully guaranteed. Most pottery auctions will span between ten and twenty-one days so buyers can browse, bid and buy at their convenience in the comfort of their own homes.

“Online pottery auctions are something we’ve always been drawn to and have incorporated in our business model. Over the years many of our regular customers have asked us for the live, internet auction option on our website to both expand their collections of special pieces of art pottery and also to use as a method to sell their pottery when necessary. The Just Art Pottery Auction site has proven an invaluable tool not only as a service to our existing art pottery customers but also to reach new pottery buyers who are just discovering the rich history and beauty of this line of art”, says Greg Myroth, president and founder of Just Art Pottery.

For more information on the Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit or contact Greg Myroth at And don’t forget to visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, too! After you’ve had a chance to check out the auction site, drop us a line and let us know your thoughts – we love hearing from you.

Roseville Baneda Pottery Collection At Auction

Baneda Wall Pocket at Auction

The March 6, 2011 art pottery auction at offers a nice selection of high-end investment art pottery as well as entry level pieces for collectors just starting out.  One of the more interesting pottery consignments in the auction is an estate fresh collection of the highly collectible Roseville Baneda pattern.   The Baneda wall pockets are particularly rare.

Baneda Vase at Auction

Over the last 14 years, has had the opportunity to sell only a few of the Baneda wall pockets.  At one time, the green wall pocket was selling for $5,000 with a waiting list of Roseville wall pocket collectors wanting to purchase the piece to complete their wall pocket collection.   In addition to the matching pair of wall pockets, the art pottery auction offers a stunning pair of matching 10″ Roseville Baneda vases in green and pink. These larger vases are seldom seen on the auction block.

All four pieces of Baneda offer very crisp molds, with excellent color and glaze.  Best of all the four pieces are in mint condition without damage or repair.

Roseville Pottery introduced the Baneda pattern in 1932.  Baneda is considered a “middle period” pattern and is highly sought after by pottery collectors.  Each Baneda vase or bowl features a low-relief band of pumpkins including fruit and flowers still on the vine.  These designs are hand-decorated in orange and

Baneda Vase At Auction

yellow on a blue background.  Green Baneda has the look that is particularly sought-after by Arts and Crafts collectors.  Pink Baneda on the other hand offers stronger color contrast and a modern feel that is desired by Art Deco collectors.

To bid on the Roseville Baneda pottery or 150 additional quality pieces of American art pottery currently available in the live, online auction go to or

Baneda Wall Pocket at Auction

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit our website or contact Greg Myroth at

Collection of Roseville Baneda

Rare Roseville Della Robbia Vase at Auction

One of the rarest lots in the current live, internet auction is the Roseville Della Robbia

Rare Della Robbia Vase at Auction

vase. The vase features a design of eight highly detailed and deeply carved stylized fish extending the full perimeter of the vase. The vase is shown in a factory cut page in Bomm’s Roseville In All Its Splender on page 288.

The Della Robbia vase which stands 10 1/2″ tall is factory shape number D7. There is a professional, museum quality restoration to minor damage to the rim and base. There is no other damage or repair to the vase and the piece is cleanly marked with the Rozane Ware wafer mark. The body of the vase is initialed CH by the artist.

Auction bidding on the Della Robbia vase starts at $2,000 and the piece has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000. Online, absentee or phone bidding on the Della Robbia vase and over 150 lots of American art pottery is available now until March 6, 2011. Live, online bidding is available at or

All Della Robbia is considered rare and the highest valued art line ever produced by Roseville Pottery. High-end art pottery collectors and investors prefer Della Robbia with animal or people motifs over floral designs and demand is always highest for examples showing multiple colors.

Della Robbia is an early Roseville art line and was introduced by the company in 1906. Each example of Della Robbia was hand-carved and colored by hand so no two pieces are the same. The designs were decorated and applied by the sgraffito process of cutting away part of the surface layer of clay and stenciling on the design. Bassett’s Introducing Roseville Pottery indicates that factory stock pages show 3 tea pots and 18 vase shapes in the Della Robbia line. An additional 83 designs appear in the 1906 Rozane Ware catalog.

To bid on this item or 150 additional quality pieces of American art pottery go to or

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, please visit or contact Greg Myroth at