Rookwood Pottery

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After just 20 years in business, Cincinnati's Rookwood Pottery was "the greatest pottery in the world."

And it "wasn't because we said so – the French said so," says Rookwood historian and author Anita Ellis on WVXU's Rookwood Pottery: A Cincinnati Treasure. The two-hour special airs 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, on WVXU and WMUB.

Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

As Rookwood Pottery celebrates its 140th anniversary this year, Lee Hay explores its history, innovative designers and artisans, the role of women in its success, and its current revival.  As part of this anniversary celebration, Bob Batchelor has published a book about Rookwood Pottery, "Rookwood: The Rediscovery and Revival of An American Icon" which he discusses during this special.  

It's the end of an era on WVXU-FM. Around Cincinnati, the 7 p.m. Sunday arts and culture show, airs its final broadcast after 15 years this Sunday.

It's provided an important voice to local theaters, authors, musicians, actors and other performers, especially after the Enquirer's arts and entertainment staff was mostly disbanded in 2014, and Northern Kentucky University sold off folk-rock WNKU-FM in 2017.

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Local author Bob Batchelor is currently working on a book about Cincinnati's famed Rookwood Pottery, which will have a featured display at the upcoming 20th Century Cincinnati mid-century show. The author is in the studio with host Lee Hay to talk about the history of Rookwood and the show coming to the Sharonville Convention Center on February 22-23.

A painting done by longtime Rookwood artist Jens Jensen is currently available at Cincinnati Art Galleries

Rookwood Pottery is celebrating the start of spring by introducing several new lines and pieces of its acclaimed ceramics, including baseball-themed coasters and a new J.D. Wareham dinnerware collection.

Cincinnati’s acclaimed Rookwood Pottery is gearing up for the holidays with an open house at their OTR retail location, a new store in Liberty Township, and some newly introduced designs, including a wishbone ornament.

Rookwood Pottery is celebrating Cincinnati’s hosting of the upcoming All Star Game by introducing baseball themed coasters and tiles.

George Hibben & Nique Swan from Rookwood Pottery join our Stuart Holman to discuss a new collaboration with the Edie Harper Art Studio that has been years in the making, plus some upcoming baseball pieces in celebration of Cincinnati hosting the All Star Game.

Dr. Arthur Townley , a Michigan dentist and pottery lover, is the man who rescued Rookwood Pottery by using his life savings to purchase all the assets of the historic Cincinnati company prior to its sale to overseas interests. Rookwood expert Riley Humler and George Hibben from today’s Rookwood join Stuart Holman to share the story of Dr. Townley and his determination to see the company returned to Cincinnati and to producing its classic pottery.

Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati

Mar 19, 2014
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Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth in Cincinnati, Rookwood Pottery was soon recognized for its beautiful and distinctive pieces worldwide. In 1902 Rookwood began creating architectural pottery, and its tiles and custom designs adorned thousands of private homes and public buildings, from Carew Tower to Grand Central Station.

Rookwood Pottery's first retail shop

Dec 13, 2013

For the first time in its long, distinguished history, Rookwood Pottery now has an offsite retail store. Our Jane Durrell looks at the Over the Rhine shop and what shoppers can expect to find there with her guest, Dorothy Hoffman, Retail Sales Director for the Rookwood Pottery Company.

George Hibben, director of stein sales & development from the Rookood Pottery Co, is talking commemorative beer steins with Lee Hay. Again this year, the world-famous Rookwood Pottery artists have created a limited edition stein in conjunction with the Cincy Blues Society and this year's Cincy Blues Fest. The first run is for 300 steins and each one will be registered to the owner by the Cincy Blues Society.

The Rookwood Pottery Co. will be part of the Contemporary Arts Center’s “The Living Room” exhibit when they provide an intricately designed fireplace using Rookwood tiles, going on display Saturday, May 18. Two of the ceramic artists behind this installation, both professors at UC’s DAAP, are Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, and they are with Jane Durrell to discuss this unique display.

Rookwood Pottery Expert

Mar 15, 2013

With the resurgence of Cincinnati’s Rookwood Pottery comes a growing interest in existing Rookwood works, whether individual pieces or in-home tiling. The expert in all things Rookwood is Riley Humler from the firm Humler & Nolan and he’s in the studio talking with our Stuart Holman.