Local antique shops and galleries throughout the Cincinnati area offer a fine selection of Rookwood Pottery for the collector. Since 2006, however, new production pieces bearing the venerable Rookwood name have also been made available to the public.
Visit the Rookwood Pottery Spring Open House this weekend, May 5th and 6th, and tour the facility where clay is formed into tile, bookends, beer steins, and other beautiful pieces and then is glazed and fired with the exquisite level of craftsmanship Rookwood has been known for since its founding in 1880 by Marie Longworth Nichols.
Tours of the production area will be offered Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to shop for seconds while enjoying light refreshments and learning more about the iconic art pottery for which the Queen City has been justly famous.
Rookwood is currently located at 1920 Race Street, Cincinnati 45202. Phone is 513.381.2510.
Also consider visiting French Lick, Indiana sometime soon to see a spectacular fireplace decorated with Rookwood tile circa 1917. The restored West Baden Springs Hotel is part of the French Lick Resort. Located at 8538 W. West Baden Avenue in French Lick, the restored 1902 hotel boasts a large and beautiful fireplace in the atrium depecting an elf resting in a forest setting. The charm of the hotel and the natural beauty of the area are sure to be worth the trip.
So though it may be a busy weekend, with the Flying Pig marathon, the running of the Kentucky Derby, and all the fun of Cinco de Mayo, try to squeeze in a trip to the Rookwood Pottery while you are out and about. Rookwood not only makes a great Mother's Day gift, but may also inspire you to tile a masterpiece within your own home!