Rookwood hand-painted (or polychromed) art pottery pieces have hand-applied glazes from a tube or paint brush. This meticulous process varies slightly from artist to artist. The variations in the glazes give each item its unique qualities and textures for which Rookwood is known. Originally released in 2011, patterned after Rookwood’s successful Revival Art Tile Series, the Revival Series Holiday Ornament is a Cardinal. Designed and sculpted by Rookwood artist Terri Kern, these ornaments are truly collectable. Each one is handcrafted, providing a one-of-a-kind aesthetic and measures approximately 2 1/8” tall by 3” long.
The Fricks were clearly fans of Rookwood Pottery; in their Pittsburgh home, Clayton, amidst an assortment of European fine and decorative arts, there are four pieces by Rookwood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The earliest Rookwood piece in the collection is an Asian-influenced jar dated 1883, although the actual date of purchase is unknown. The other three pieces in the collection date between 1896 and 1900, when Rookwood’s reputation as fine American pottery was securely established. Two of the Frick’s pieces were purchased in December, indicating they might have been holiday, birthday, or anniversary gifts—since the Fricks celebrated many family events during the month of December.