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American Art Pottery Association Hosts First Cincinnati Convention

Date: 4/10/2014

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Company

American Art Pottery Association Hosts First Cincinnati Convention

Rookwood Pottery To Sponsor Reception, Provide Tours and Presentations

The American Art Pottery Association will hold its 34th Annual Convention in Cincinnati, its first time in the city, with a series of events involving The Rookwood Pottery Co.

The four-day event will begin with a full tour of Rookwood Pottery’s factory and studios in Over-the Rhine, followed by a reception at Embassy Suites, Blue Ash, hosted by Rookwood owners Martin and Marilyn Wade. More events, including presentations and pottery sale, will follow.

If you go:

What: The American Art Pottery Association’s 34th Annual Convention

When: April 10-14, Friday - Sunday

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 4554 Lake Forrest Drive, Blue Ash

Additional details: Four days of tours, seminars and auctions , beginning with a tour of the Rookwood Pottery studios and a reception on Thursday, April 10. On Friday, April 11, the experts at Humler & Nolan appraisers will highlight the 130-year history of Rookwood Pottery, followed by a pottery auction. On Saturday, April 12, Anita Ellis, deputy director of cultural affairs at the Cincinnati Art Museum, will give a presentation on Rookwood art pottery. The pottery show and sale will kick off Saturday afternoon into Sunday, April 12 and 13.

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Dan Dutton Hand-Decorated Large Vases available

Date: 12/03/2013

Posted by: Rick

The first five of the 20 large Dan Dutton hand-decorated vases are now available online and in our showroom at 1920 Race Street near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine. Dan is hand-decorating a total of 20 vases with his classic painting style. Sure to be future heirlooms, these large vases measure 22 3/4" high and weigh an impressive 14 pounds.

Dan Dutton hand-decorated large vases available at

Cincinnati Art Museum Acquire\'s Rookwood Artist\'s Screen Print For Permanent Collection

Date: 8/06/2013

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Co.

"Biker Couple" by Rookwood artist Terence Hammonds is now part of the Cincinnati Art Museum's permanent collection. According to Hammonds, the screen print was inspired by the post civil rights era and outlaw biker culture. To create the piece, Hammonds printed an antique photo of a biker couple over a wall paper pattern he previously constructed.

Rookwood Open on Saturday throughout the Summer and Fall

Date: 8/05/2013

Posted by: rick wiley

Rookwood Pottery is now open on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm starting this Saturday, August 10, 2013. These hours will be very convenient for Findlay Market shoppers. Stop by and browse the beautiful art pottery, art and architectural tiles.

Legacy Tours @ Rookwood Pottery starting July 5, 2013

Date: 7/05/2013

Posted by: rick wiley

Rookwood Pottery and American Legacy Tours, along with Market Wines at Findlay Market will work together again this year for what promises to be a major summer tourism attraction. 

“We love Rookwood’s legacy, and the history behind it, but a deeper affection for the art comes from seeing it made. It is impossible to not get excited about Rookwood when you see it being made,” said Jerry Gels, teacher and Marketing Director for American Legacy Tours. 

Rookwood Pottery, located at 1920 Race St., has grown significantly in the last year and continues to be appreciated around the country. Deepening the customer relationship with the company through tourism was always part of the company’s goal. 

“We get so many requests for tours, that it seemed an obvious fit for us,” said Martin Wade, owner of Rookwood. “We like what American Legacy Tours are doing for Over-The-Rhine from their shop with their tours, and we are excited about opening up our doors for more people to see. Everybody loves Rookwood.” 

The tours will begin at Findlay Market at Market Wines. The American Legacy Tours will share the Longworth Legacy with patrons. 

“The Longworth family made their money in wine. In fact, before Cincinnati was a beer town, it was a wine town. It would be Nicholas Longworth’s granddaughter Maria Longworth Nichols that would build the Rookwood Empire. There are so many little ‘aha’ moments on this tour that I think the guests will like it as much as the Underground Tour.

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Cincinnati Enquirer: CAC exhibit made to touch

Date: 6/01/2013

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Co.

By Karen S. Chambers
Enquirer Contributor

“Don’t touch” is what we’ve been told time and again when we walk into a museum. That is not what you’ll hear from the guards in The Living Room at the Contemporary Arts Center. In fact, you’ll be encouraged to do just that.

The exhibition was organized by Justine Ludwig, former assistant curator and now adjunct curator at the CAC. Her aim was to upend the notion of what an art exhibition is, to create an experience where the visitor becomes a part of it by interacting with the pieces.

Ludwig met with a diverse group of artists and designers to discuss her ideas and then let them have free rein in a long and relatively narrow – 92 feet x 17.5 feet – loft-like space. Ultimately “it came together fluidly,” she says.

The Living Room participants include Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, ceramic artists who work together; printmaker Terence Hammonds, who is also Rookwood Pottery’s glaze room manager; Alex Aeschbury, Zach Darmanan-Harris and Mike Nauman, partners in Such + Such, a design and fabrication company; and Paul Coors, a self-described curator and artist who does graphic design on the side. (He created the exhibition’s logo, a takeoff on Sears’s logo, a store that could furnish an entire home.)

After visiting each other to see how “we curate our own personal living spaces,” according to Hammonds, they set to work. And then things got delightfully messy as the traditional lines dividing art, design and craft got blurred.

The ceramists, who have been unofficial artists in residence at the fabled Rookwood Pottery since November, wanted to riff on its tradition and also create something that, as Davis says, “none of us could have ever made alone.”

The answer was an update on the tile fireplace surrounds that Rookwood had been famous for the turn of the last century.

The artists went into the archives, “mining the past, pulling everything together that Rookwood does,” says Hammonds. “In fact, Rookwood became a fourth artist.”

The trio wanted to illustrate both historical and present day Cincinnati. For example for The mantelpiece required, they used molds of hops and barley, a nod to the brewery district that once thrived in Over-the-Rhine, where the pottery is now located.


Cincinnati Business Courier: Rookwood creates limited-edition casino steins

Date: 2/21/2013

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Co.

by Erin Fischesser, Digital producer

The Rookwood Pottery Co. has produced a limited-edition beer stein focused on Cincinnati’s heritage for the Horseshoe Casino.

The nearly 8-inch steins will be available exclusively at the casino’s gift shop for $249.

One side of the stein depicts the WEBN Fireworks along with a number of Cincinnati landmarks, including Fountain Square, Great American Ball Park, Paul Brown Stadium, Procter & Gamble and the original Rookwood Pottery building. The other side features a steamboat under the Roebling Suspension bridge, a nod to the city’s historic river commerce. The bottom of the stein includes carvings of playing card suits, poker chips and the casino’s logo.

The unique souvenir was designed by Roy Robinson, Rookwood’s director of creative development.

Cincinnati Enquirer: Rookwood creates signature stein for casino

Date: 2/19/2013

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Co.

SOURCE: The Enquirer/Alex Coolidge

Roy Robinson, director of creative development at Rookwood Pottery Co., sports the stein he designed.

by Alex Coolidge
Cincinnati Enquirer

DOWNTOWN — Cheers!

Paying homage to the region’s brewery heritage and enlisting an iconic local company as a vendor, the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati has tapped Rookwood Pottery Co. to produce a signature beer stein.

The first 300 steins to be sold in the casino’s gift shop will be a limited edition, stamped “Grand Opening” on the bottom. The retail price will be about $249.

“Beer steins are sculpturally intense – they tell a story in a very small space,” said Roy Robinson, Rookwood’s director of creative development, who designed the mugs. The pieces were sculpted by Gary Simon.

The steins depict iconic buildings from the region’s skyline: The Great American Tower at Queen City Square, Carew Tower, both stadiums and the casino. On the flip side, the steins depict a riverboat with the Roebling Bridge in the background.

Rookwood will also sell some other Cincinnati items in the casino’s gift shop. A storied brand name on the comeback trail, Robinson said Rookwood jumped at the opportunity to sell mementos from a high-profile destination.

“We’re spreading ourselves out there,” Robinson said, explaining that some Rookwood fans like one of the company’s products, like art pottery and figurines, but then aren’t aware it makes others like tiles, vases and bowls.

Established in Mount Adams in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood is credited with putting American ceramics on the international arts map. Hailed at an international ceramics competition in Paris, the company made its name with high-quality glazes and architectural pottery.

The company experienced a slow, decades-long decline that including departing the region and filing bankruptcy before a group of investors brought it back to Cincinnati in 2006. The company now produces its unique wares from its Over-the-Rhine headquarters and studio.

“It’s funny how many people don’t know we’re alive and well,” said Nique Swan, the company’s business development and architectural consultant.

Rookwood Artist Gary Simon signing Taft Museum Tiles at Macys Downtown

Date: 12/22/2012

Posted by: Rookwood

Rookwood artist Gary Simon will be autographing the Taft Museum of Art Commemorative Tiles at Macy's Department Stores - Downtown, Cincinnati location on Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 10am to 1pm. You are welcome to bring your past tiles to have Gary autograph as well. 

These exclusive tiles are only available for a limited time at Macy's Downtown, 505 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202; phone: (513) 361-4200 for $75 and are Limited to 500 pieces.

Rookwood Pottery Co. Hires Designer and Photographer Rick Wiley as Director, Graphic Design

Date: 12/03/2012

Posted by: Rookwood Pottery Co.


Rookwood Pottery Co. Hires Designer and Photographer Rick Wiley as Director, Graphic Design

CINCINNATI (Dec. 3, 2012) — The Rookwood Pottery Co., historic maker of one-of‐a‐kind handcrafted architectural tile and art pottery, has hired Rick Wiley, a graphic designer with more than 20 years of marketing and photography experience, to the newly created position of Director, Graphic Design.

Wiley will oversee the creation and development of all Rookwood Pottery marketing materials, as well as its growing library of product catalogs. In his career, Wiley has created promotional materials, catalogs and flyers that have helped generate millions of dollars in sales for his clients, which ranged from hotels, restaurants, airports and musicians.

“Rick’s experience includes marketing products with both a U.S. and European scope, which is essential to Rookwood as it regains its international notoriety,” said Martin Wade, owner of Rookwood Pottery. “As a bonus, he has extensive musical marketing experience - he created the award‐winning ‘Dagger’ guitar shape featured in the Jack Black movie, ‘The Pick of Destiny.’”

Before joining Rookwood, Wiley worked for Adecco, where he managed administrative contract work for Procter & Gamble’s International Stock Ownership Plan division. He also served as graphic designer for Robin Imaging, and Art Director at Hanser Music Group, whose brands include B.C. Rich Guitars and Kustom Amplification. Wiley earned a degree in commercial art at Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography in Cincinnati. He studied software training at Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati.


About The Rookwood Pottery Company

Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols as the first female-owned U.S. manufacturing company, Rookwood Pottery has since become one of the nation’s most coveted luxury brands. Rookwood ceramics can be found in grand homes, hotels and public spaces including Union Terminal in Cincinnati, the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, and Grand Central Station, New York. From its studios in Over‐the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Rookwood’s uniquely talented artists craft art tile, art pottery, corporate gifts and special commissioned products for designers, architects, homeowners and businesses. Rookwood sets the standard for what can be achieved in design and ceramics. Visit Rookwood at

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