The exhibition Modern Rookwood: 1918-1933 from the collection of Riley Humler and Annie Bauer showcases select works from the Rookwood Pottery Company, which opened in Cincinnati in 1880 and survived through the Great Depression. The company, marketed as “an artist’s studio, not a factory,” was arguably the most celebrated ceramic producer in the country because of their experimental designs and exceptionally fine glazes. One of Rookwood’s more fascinating chapters will be presented in this exhibition of 37 porcelain vessels, painted by the company’s best-known decorators. The modern artists featured include Lenore Asbury, Elizabeth Barrett, Arthur Conant, Lorinda Epply, Jens Jensen, Earl Menzel, Sara Sax, John Dee Wareham, and Harriet Wilcox.
Mr. Humler is one of the foremost authorities on Rookwood Pottery and an avid collector of Rookwood from the 1920s. He will present an informal lecture at the Villa on artists featured in the exhibition on Thursday, March 7, from 6-7:30 p.m.