Wednesday, November 10, 2010

75. Rookwood Pottery

Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 by Maria Longworth Nichols Storer who was the granddaughter of Nicholas Longworth. The company was founded as a way for Maria to create and distribute her pottery. Rookwood became the first successful business owned by a woman. This building was built in 1891 and contains several kilns that were created by Maria. Rookwood was not only known for their hand panted pieces of pottery but also for their tile works. Many businesses and homes around Cincinnati have Rookwood tile in their entry ways and fireplaces. It has become one of the most recognizable and sought after ceramics in the country.

Rookwood remained at this site until 1960 when the company moved to Mississippi. The company closed in 1967. In 2006, a group of Cincinnati investors bought the rights to the pottery and brought the company back to life. The newly formed Rookwood is based right here in Cincinnati.

This original Tudor building was converted into a restaurant with the kilns intact and examples of the original pottery on display.

Rookwood Pottery
1077 Celestial Street, Mt. Adams

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