Rookwood Pottery 2017
Formica laminate on panel
Maria Longworth Nichols started Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1880. Rookwood is known for its attention to craft and elegance especially in Victorian, art nouveau, arts and crafts, and art deco styles. After great success as a limited production art pottery in the early part of the twentieth century, the company fell on hard times after the Great Depression. The brand changed hands several times and disappeared until it was purchased by Arthur Townley in 1982 and eventually began production in Over-the-Rhine in 2006.
This mosaic depicts Maura McMahon, Terence Hammonds, and Ste-phen Fulton spraying glaze on greenware prior to firing. It features extensive use of Formica’s paint splatter patterns available as part of its 2016 collaboration with designer Jonathan Adler.