Art pottery production was at an all-time high during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At this time over one hundred companies and artisans were producing individually designed and often decorated pottery which served both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. Artists often moved from company to company, some forming their own firms.
Condition, quality of design, beauty in glazes, and maker are the keys in buying art pottery. This category covers companies not found elsewhere in the guide.
References: Susan and Al Bagdade, “Warman’s American Pottery and Porcelain,” Wallace-Homestead, Krause Publications, 1994; Paul Evans, “Art Pottery of the United States,” Second Edition, Feingold & Lewis Publishing, 1987; Ralph and Terry Kovel, “Kovels’ American Art Pottery: Collector’s Guide to Makers,” Marks and Factory Histories, Crown Publishers, 1993; David Rago, “American Art Pottery,” Knickerbocker Press, 1997; Dick Sigafoose, “American Art Pottery: A Collection of Pottery, Tiles and Memorabilia, 1800–1950,” Collector Books, 1997.
– Harry L. Rinker
“Official Price Guide to Collectibles”