A Closer Look at Roseville Earlam

Many collectors of Roseville pottery will hone in on one particular design element and for those who treasure the Roseville Earlam line, that specific element is the simple arts and crafts forms and the quality matte glazes. The subtle colors provide the perfect canvas for light to produce exceptional dimensions; indeed, it looks as though it’s been masterfully shadowed. With just 22 various Earlam shapes, it’s a natural assumption that the artists would have been assertive in their efforts of ensuring it stands out. The most obvious way to accomplish that is via the inclusion of irregular asymmetric efforts or even geometric efforts, similar to what we see in the Roseville Futura lines. That’s not the case, though.

The extent of many of the pieces in this line are little more than open neck or slightly expanded bottom. There’s an absence of

Roseville Pottery Earlam Blue Green Handled Vase

floral motifs, animals, people or anything else, for that matter. Some offer handles, but almost always they’re placed near the top of the vase or pots. That’s the beauty of it: simple and clean served the purposes nicely.

The Earlam line also offers several console bowls and strawberry pots – with one even offering a saucer. With the exception of the occasional candlestick pairs and umbrella stands, the majority of the shapes are vases and bowls. The one unlikely – though beautiful – inclusion is the hanging basket. It comes as no surprise to learn it’s always in high demand.

The green matte against that pale yellow glaze really bodes well with this line, which was introduced in 1930. There’s one important consideration – most pieces from this line had paper labels, and like any other line that had the stickers, when they fall off or are otherwise removed, many assume it’s not authentic. There are some with handwritten markings, but it’s impossible to identify which shapes the writing is more likely to be found.

What’s not at all surprising is the Frank Ferrell influence; remember, he tended to steer clear of the more feminine elements, such as flowers, and preferred a more streamlined presentation. Still, whatever his reasons were, his ability to transform those artistic images in his mind to the potter’s will is exactly what makes this line of Roseville pottery so spectacular.

Rookwood Pottery: Standard Glaze

If you’re looking for a great way to break into the Rookwood Pottery sector, you might want to consider the Standard Glaze ware line.

It’s not hard to find a Rookwood Pottery line that’s elegant, with depth and extremely detailed. The Standard Glaze (also known as the Brown Glaze) line is a perfect example of what embodies the collective Rookwood Pottery brand. It’s recognized most often by the “Standard Brown” glaze that gives off rich, deep orange hues and various shades of brown that meld together flawlessly. You might also notice deep green hues, too. The colors are indicated in the shading efforts that go from darker to lighter, usually from the top down. It’s often described with adjectives such as “hard”, “clear” and “fine” and all are perfectly true.

The line itself is predominantly decorated with floral and/or leaf patterns, including dogwood blossoms. Also, there are a precious few that had portraits of important people of the times, animals, Native Americans and believe it or not, ghosts were sometimes used, which surely added quite the dramatic tone, especially considering the time period.

Speaking of dramatic tones, there were very interesting shape elements, too. The Two-Handled Chalice Vase, included in the 1895 line, is aptly named. The matching dual handles, circular and narrow, only added to the beauty of the design as a whole. They’re almost always marked with the artist’s name, the year it was produced, the type of clay and glaze used as well as the size marking.

You’ll find candlesticks, smaller cabinet vases, floor vases, tea sets and even umbrella stands in the Standard Glaze. Considered quite affordable, it’s a great investment for those who collect Rookwood Pottery.

Roseville Pottery Vista Line

The line of Roseville Pottery Vista was introduced in 1920.  Not surprisingly, it’s highly sought after and actually one of the more popular lines of Roseville Pottery, though it can sometimes be difficult to find- which naturally lends to the attraction.  One of more interesting aspects of this line is courtesy of the artists; those efforts lend to a certain dimension at first glance, almost as though you’re looking straight through the piece.  This was achieved by varying heights with the glazing efforts along the bottom of the pieces. [Read more…]