The original Rookwood Pottery (1880 - 1960) was a ceramics company founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, daughter of wealthy Joseph Longworth, founded Rookwood Pottery after being inspired by Japanese and French ceramics. Storer named Rookwood after her father's country estate. The first ware came from the company's kiln on Thanksgiving Day of 1880. Rookwood's initial work demonstrated an Oriental and European influence. Throughout Rookwood's years they mastered such diverse styles as Victorian, art nouveau, arts and crafts, and art deco.
From the very start, the production and quality standards at Rookwood exceeded virtually every other American art pottery manufacturer. As a result, Rookwood pottery achieved a greatness that was second to none.
The vintage pieces we have here range from the 1880s through the 1940s, as well as a few ornamental contemporary pieces fired during the brand's dormancy, and after the company was revived in the early 2000's.