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Vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery

Historically Significant Rookwood vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery December 8, 2014  |   Photo: Rookwood Pottery Standard Glaze Tiger Eye “Uranus” Vase, A.R. Valentien, 1899, 18 1/2” The Humler & Nolan Holiday Sale 2014 auction, November 8th & 9th, featured a new Paintings session along side their well established fare of fine American and European Art Pottery and Art Glass and was highlighted by the sale of one of the most important pieces of Rookwood Pottery ever produced. Lot 1239, an 18 1/2 inch "Tiger Eye" vase known as the "Uranus Vase", from the Rookwood session of over 500 lots of antique Rookwood Pottery, was won on a high bid of $31,000 placed on behalf of the Rookwood Pottery Company. The Uranus Vase, created in 1899 by Albert Valentien, is decorated with a flight of incised cranes awash in golden hues of the Tiger Eye glaze effect. In 1900, the Uranus Vase was displayed as a star amongst hundreds of pieces that made up the Rookwood exhibition at the Paris Exposition Universelle. When the exposition judges conferred the official awards, and in large part due to the vase's elusive Tiger Eye effect, the Rookwood Pottery Company was honored with the Grand Prix, the top award in their category. The significance of this award to Rookwood and American Art Pottery cannot be overstated, as it was this medal that put Rookwood Pottery on the map as America's finest and gave notice to the rest of the world that Rookwood Art Pottery now rivaled anything produced in Europe or Asia. After the Paris Exposition, the Uranus Vase spent decades on display in the Rookwood Pottery showroom in Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio. Ownership passed, along with the pottery [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 December 9th, 2014|Press Releases, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Vase Returns Home to Rookwood Pottery


The 2014 Convention Packet with complete convention information is NOW AVAILABLE on this web site.  Click on the CONVENTION tab to view and download the full itinerary, registration form, and donation/consignment forms.  This packet is for those NOT setting up at the show.  Dealers who have exhibited at the show in prior years will be sent their packet separately by mail.  Members who have not  previously set up at the show, but are interested in doing so, please contact AAPA President Arnie Small at or by telephone at 609-407-9997.  Look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati!

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 January 14th, 2014|Press Releases|Comments Off on CONVENTION 2014

New George Ohr Book

GEORGE E. OHR The Greatest Art Potter on Earth By Eugene Hecht Contributions by Garth Clark, David Rago, Denny Mecham and Ohr-O Keefe Museum of Art Skira Rizzoli / ISBN: 978-0-8478-4117-2 / $50 U.S. / December 2013 Hardcover / 224 pages /  240 color & b/w photographs / 9 ½’’ x 10 ¾’’   “When I am gone, my work will be praised, honored, and cherished. It will come.” – George Ohr   Called the Mad Potter of Biloxi, the Apostle of Individuality, and the self-proclaimed Greatest Art Potter on Earth, George Edgar Ohr (1857–1918) transformed wheel-thrown pots into ceramic works that were far ahead of their time. Though the unprecedented shapes and idiosyncratic glazes of Ohr’s creations were ridiculed by some during his lifetime, he was recognized as a genius by cognoscenti who championed his work.  Today, his ceramics are seen as forerunners of the American modernist movement and are prized by collectors and museums. The definitive and most up-to-date volume on the celebrated artist, GEORGE E. OHR: The Greatest Potter on Earth, accompanies a major exhibition at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art that will take place in the John S. and James L. Knight Gallery, four new Frank Gehry–designed, supersized, twisted steel "pod" buildings.   Showcasing the mastery of Ohr’s work, the book features some 135 of his masterpieces with all-new photographs of the objects—most never before publicly exhibited—which illustrate his gift for combining color and form to create vessels of incomparable delicacy. This rich volume is filled with new research and fresh insights into the life and work of one of America’s most singular and creative master artists.   ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Eugene Hecht, curator of this exhibition, is a noted author [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:49+00:00 January 2nd, 2014|Books, Press Releases|Comments Off on New George Ohr Book

Red Wing Pottery for Sale

Red Wing Pottery on precipice of shuttering final vestige of 140-year-old business Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON,   Red Wing Pottery, a storied Mississippi River institution that began selling farmers salt-glaze storage crocks in the 1860s, will either be sold or closed. Scott Gillmer, owner and grandson of former president R.A. Gillmer, said he will have to shut down at the end of the year if a buyer doesn’t emerge. Crushed by bigger retailers, Gillmer said he can no longer operate the 32,000-square-foot retail-restaurant-pottery production facility on West Main Street. The overhead has become too much for even the venerable Red Wing Pottery name. “People have less discretionary income and I’m in the same boat,” Gillmer said. “I”m spending more and more on health care and my children’s education as a percentage of my income than ever before.” Third-generation owner Gillmer said he’s had interest from a couple of possible buyers, but that whoever takes over will need to find a new means of profit. The company hasn’t mass-produced pottery since 1967 when Gillmer’s grandfather bought and shifted the business to showroom sales. Gillmer’s aunt kept Red Wing Pottery in business by selling collectibles to tourists at the mall. “We grew quite large when retail was good. Now that has ended,” Scott Gillmer said. “I have this very large overhead and it’s just not sustainable.” When his grandfather started working for the pottery company, he sold the wares to national accounts of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. But the production of dinnerware shifted from the United States to Japan in the 1950s. In 1967, Red Wing Potteries liquidated and R.A. Gillmer took over as the owner and president. He shifted the business into the sales [...]

By | 2017-07-31T09:29:50+00:00 November 5th, 2013|Press Releases|Comments Off on Red Wing Pottery for Sale