Why Sell Your Art Pottery With Just Art Pottery

It may seem like a foreign concept to some collectors, but buying and selling pottery is part of the passion and experience of those who appreciate the beautiful artistic efforts. The artists who really defined the American art pottery movement are many and it makes sense that some of us like to own a bit of each of these artistic efforts. And if you’ve decided to part ways with a few or all of your pieces, whether it’s because you want to focus on a new pattern or wish to experience the excitement that comes with starting a new collection, we would like to invite you to consider selling your collection to Just Art Pottery.

Just Art Pottery has a national base that includes some of the most well known and respected experts in Roseville, Newcomb, Van Briggle and other pottery lines. Our growing clientele has come to rely on Just Art Pottery for ethical business practices and professional relationships with the entire art pottery community.

It’s for these reasons, and more, that Just Art Pottery is a sound choice for turning your collection – regardless of how small or big it is – into a fair profit. We pride ourselves on our relationships with both collectors and buyers and our commitment ensures we are always combing the most unlikely places to bring to our customers those rare pieces. We’re often searching for a specific pottery line or piece for a customer and other times, we are simply searching out those collections that are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss the options available. We are also able to offer nationwide pickup in most instances and we hire only the best shippers to ensure the safety of your investment during transit. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the potential for relationship that will benefit all of us and in some consignment instances, we’re able to provide a cash advance in anticipation of a sale.

Whether it’s one of Just Art Pottery’s auctions or if you’re interested in a more traditional consignment arrangement, we look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call at  (309) 690-7966 or drop us a line for a confidential conversation to discuss your options.

 

The Unusual Faces in American Art Pottery

Most of us think beautiful florals, dramatic etching efforts and stunning glazes when discussing American art pottery. But this art form isn’t without its unusual pieces.

The Faces in Art Pottery

Art pottery is defined by numerous companies and artists, each of whom brought their own unique take on this line of art. Many artists mastered the beauty of detailed florals, others were experts in glaze lines and shapes. There were those rebels, however, that brought to the table anything but a “flowery” finished look. Many think of George Ohr whenever “rebel” and “art pottery” are used in the same sentence. But there were other streaks of eclectic lines that dot the landscape. Think faces and busts. They’re all quite dramatic and always the conversation piece of any collection.

Weller Dickens Ware, 2nd Line

It’s difficult to find the right adjectives to describe many of the pieces in this line of Weller Pottery. Unusual, exciting and some might say a bit disturbing; not that “disturbing” is used in an insulting manner, it’s just that the tobacco jars that take the shape of very detailed men’s faces can be a bit offsetting.

“The Skull”, as one of the Weller Pottery tobacco jars is called, has no eyes, though appears to be smiling. It can be a bit of a jolt. It’s believed there are three in existence and their value goes up considerably if you come across one with a finial that is a miniature skull. Another interesting face or bust is found in “The Turk”. The detail is very life-like with a permanent snarl on the fellow’s face, deep-set eyes and flared nose. The dark gloss adds to the dramatic presentation.

Also in this line you’ll find “The Irishman”. Most likely, there exists an “R.D.” as the signature. This guy has an upturned nose, heavy eyelids, lines around his mouth and thick eyebrows. Let’s just say he’d make a fine addition to your Halloween décor – as long as you keep him in a safe place as his value is considerable.

This is just one line of many that include very detailed faces. It speaks volumes of the talent these artists possessed and talent that they were willing to pour into their creations, unlike many of the manufactured pieces we see in a more contemporary society. To know the history of these Weller pottery pieces is to love them.

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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.