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Rookwood sampler

Examples of Rookwood Pottery in the university art collection help justify the claim that this Cincinnati company was the most honored and famous American art pottery of the 20th century.




Rookwood Pottery fountain
Old Chemistry, University of Cincinnati

Surrounded by alchemical symbols, medieval alchemists on the elaborate fountain in the Old Chem building try to harness earth’s elements. A quote by Galileo cautions: “Let us remember, please, that the search for the constitution of the world is one of the greatest and noblest problems presented by Nature.”




Rookwood Pottery vases
College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

Small pieces of Rookwood are on display at the College-Conservatory of Music. The vase bearing a stylized animal border is from 1935 [left] and the one with a rook motif is dated 1921. (Anonymous donor.)

Rookwood Pottery fountain








Rookwood Pottery fountains
College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati

Procter Hall, College of Nursing, is home to two wall-mounted Rookwood drinking fountains. Originally placed in Logan Hall, they were class gifts from the early 1900s. They were restored and rededicated in the 1990s by the College of Nursing Alumni Association and students.

Rookwood Pottery fountain