What are some facts about Rookwood?
Founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols, Rookwood is the first female-owned manufacturing company in t he U.S. It is currently owned by Cincinnati patrons Martin and Marilyn Wade.
Today, Rookwood Pottery produces works of architectural tile, art pottery and special commissions under its original Rookwood trademarks. They are inspired by more than 3,000 original molds and hundreds of glaze recipes of the company.
Though best known for its pottery, Rookwood's architectural tile graces such well-known landmarks as the Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds), Union Terminal, the Hilton Netherland Hotel and the Weideman Mansion. Soon it will be featured in the new Queen City Tower.
A Rookwood vase by legendary artist Kataro Shirayamadani sold for a record-breaking $350,750 in 2004.
Today, the average Rookwood artist has over 35 years experience in ceramics.
Rookwood's rich past includes visits from such historical icons as Oscar Wilde, who visited the company in 1882. Rookwood hosts many tours for its collectors and civic groups every month at its Race Street Studio.
Presently Rookwood is expanding its architectural tile market through exclusive relationships with leading tile showrooms throughout the country, developing new art pottery and creating commemorative works for local friends such as the Western Southern ATP Tennis Tournament, the Freedom Center, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Downtown Cincinnati, Inc.
Are we the "real" Rookwood Pottery?
Yes! In 2004 Dr. Arthur Townley, then-owner of Rookwood, was approached about potentially selling Rookwood. In 2005, a group of Cincinnati-based investors negotiated an agreement for the assets of Rookwood Pottery, including all trademarks, more than 3,000 historic molds dating back to the early 1880's and hundreds of glaze recipes and archives used by the original Rookwood Pottery Company. In 2011, Martin & Marilyn Wade finalize the complete purchase of this historic company.
All current Rookwood pieces carry the Rookwood trademark and year of manufacture, adhering to the century-old traditions of the original company, with a few 21st century upgrades.