Rookwood in the Spotlight

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Toni Rahn

About Toni Rahn

Antoinette (Toni) Rahn is the online editor and content manager for Antique Trader. She has a penchant for collecting petroliana, vintage advertising items, Irish collectibles and general Americana. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Tom.
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Rookwood tile. Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center

If there was any doubt that pottery is popular the recent Zanesville Pottery Festival, held in conjunction with the annual Pottery Lovers Reunion, should put that myth to rest. For the 14th year the community of Zanesville, Ohio, welcomed thousands of people with pottery on their minds, and provided a proverbial playground for everyone with a fascination for any type of pottery. From Roseville and Weller to Hull and Rookwood, there was something for every collector between the shops in the city, on-site dealers and the American Art Pottery Association Summer Auction held during the week-long festival.

Rookwood PotteryRookwood pieces were well represented among the 600 lots set for the well-attended auction, as this legendary line continues to draw increased attention at auctions as the year goes on. In June a Treadway Galleries auction featured a stunning display of Rookwood pieces, and buyers took notice. A Rookwood plaque with green vellum glaze sold for $9,000, while another vellum glaze vase, by noted Rookwood artist Kataro Shirayamandi sold for $4,000.

A new book, Warman’s® Rookwood Pottery, is perfectly suited for novice and seasoned collectors of Rookwood. With its detailed descriptions, updated collector pricing, and large, close-up photos of pieces from Rookwood’s more than 30 glaze lines this reference is as insightful as it is beautiful.

Click here to learn more about this new guide.

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Rookwood vase. Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center
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Rookwood covered urn. Photo courtesy of Rago Arts and Auction Center

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